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FEATURE
ZAKIYYAH T. SALIM-WILLIAMS
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
grams have always
been nonrestrictive.
" We're trying to build
the next generation
of leaders of the profession
that are diverse,
but we want to
make sure that all of
that experience, training,
and opportunity
is open to anybody
in any firm anytime,
anywhere we provide
it, " Grey says.
" We are not sitting
back, keeping our
fingers crossed, and
hoping for the best, "
Grey adds. " We are
running to the fire and saying, here's what we do; here's how we do it.
Let's get on with the show. "
There are multiple alternative ways for firms to seek diverse talent, says
Esther H. Lim, partner and chief diversity and inclusion officer at the intellectual
property firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner,
LLP in Washington, D.C.
" We've rolled out a program - Finnegan IP University - to address the
need to build a pipeline earlier than law schools by going to colleges
and universities, " Lim says. " We are reaching out to STEM majors in undergraduate
and graduate institutions nationwide and exposing them to
the possibility of career options in intellectual property. "
The firm has also tapped into a pipeline of law students " who thirst for
more information and are eager to pursue IP, " Lim says.
Zakiyyah T. Salim-Williams, partner and chief diversity officer at Gibson,
Dunn & Crutcher LLP, says the firm's diversity goals remain the same following
Blum's lawsuits. " Our goal is always how we [can] ensure that we
have a workforce that really reflects the society that we live in and the
cities in which we operate, " Salim-Williams says. " We feel like we have a
really strong diversity program that really focuses on recruiting, advancing,
and promoting diverse talents. "
" I don't think we've changed anything. What we haven't done, more than
anything, is retrench any of our commitment, " she says.
William Roberts is a frequent contributor to Washington Lawyer.
Photos courtesy of iStock, Duane Morris LLP, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and Gibson, Dunn &
Crutcher LLP
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024

Notice to Members
From Our President
Calendar of Events
Practice Management
Toward Well-Being
Defending Diversity: Rise of DEI-Focused Practices
Will Law Firms Stay the Course on Improving Diversity?
Unlocking the Potential of Diverse Talent
We Belong: Black Students in the IP Talent Pipeline
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor: Her Legacy Lives on Through Us
Get to Know The Appellate Project
Speaking Up for Lawyers With Invisible Disability
Special Section: 25 Years of the Youth Law Fair
Taking the Stand
Worth Reading
Member Spotlight
On Further Review
Attorney Briefs
Speaking of Ethics
Disciplinary Summaries
The Pro Bono Effect
A Slice of Wry
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Cover1
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Cover2
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 1
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 2
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 3
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 4
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Notice to Members
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - From Our President
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Calendar of Events
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Practice Management
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Toward Well-Being
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Defending Diversity: Rise of DEI-Focused Practices
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 11
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 12
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 13
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Will Law Firms Stay the Course on Improving Diversity?
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 15
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 16
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 17
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Unlocking the Potential of Diverse Talent
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 19
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - We Belong: Black Students in the IP Talent Pipeline
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 21
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 22
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 23
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Justice Sandra Day O’Connor: Her Legacy Lives on Through Us
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 25
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Get to Know The Appellate Project
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 27
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Speaking Up for Lawyers With Invisible Disability
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Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Special Section: 25 Years of the Youth Law Fair
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 33
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Taking the Stand
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Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Worth Reading
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Member Spotlight
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - 39
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - On Further Review
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Attorney Briefs
Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Speaking of Ethics
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Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - Disciplinary Summaries
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Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - The Pro Bono Effect
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Washington Lawyer - March/April 2024 - A Slice of Wry
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