Creating The Hospitable Environment For The LGBT Associate/ABA TIPS Newsletter


In recent years, great strides have been made

for gay and lesbian attorneys entering the job

market. Burgeoning diversity programs in law

firms have developed new interest in the

recruitment and placement of qualified lesbian

and gay lawyers. The National Lesbian and Gay

Law Association (“NLGLA”) reports that the

number of firms attending its job fair at Lavender

Law has risen from a couple of dozen firms during its first career

fairs in Philadelphia and New York in 1992 and 1993 to more

than 150 global firms in 2007. If your firm hired a recent graduate

from the Lavender Law job fair or has hired an LGBT attorney,

we commend you. There are several concrete practical steps

that you and your law firm can take to encourage the success

and retention of that new diversity recruit. This article explains those steps

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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