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December 6, 2022 | 7:45 AM - 9:45 AM CDT

The Metropolitan Ballroom, Veranda Room
5418 Wayzata Blvd
Golden Valley, MN 55416

Overview (Program Summary)

Crafting a meaningful outside counsel diversity initiative: We know we should, we’re just not sure how

It’s nearly universally accepted that in-house law departments can have a meaningful impact in how their outside law firms prioritize diversity and inclusion among the lawyers assigned to matters. Less universally understood is how to achieve that impact. In fact, recent research from the Thomson Reuters Institute shows that more than half of law departments have yet to implement a diversity initiative with outside counsel, and even those who have do not fully understand how to leverage the data they collect from their law firms.

This session will explore the findings of the research, as well as a case study of one company whose diversity program has won recognition, while also providing examples of steps others can follow to start down the path toward driving results. The session will also explore some of the more common stumbling blocks general counsel might experience in trying to implement such an initiative and how to navigate past them.


7:45 AM - 8:15 AM | Check-in and plated breakfast
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM | Elimination of Bias CLE program
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM | Networking



  • Bill Josten, Manager of Strategic Enterprise in Thought Leadership, Thomson Reuters Institute
  • Lyndsey Wurst, Legal Operations Manager, Securian Financial Group

Program admission is free and open to ACC members and to first-time in-house counsel guests. 

1 Elimination of Bias CLE credit is pending in Minnesota.


State: Minnesota
Category: Credit Pending

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