Embracing the responsibility to inspire others
EQUAL in LEGAL is all about sharing knowledge on EQUALITY in the legal ecosystem. As a community, we want to learn from each other, connect people and together make the world a little better.
We will share stories and articles on EQUALITY related topics like Diversity & Inclusion, Pro-Bono/Volunteering, Access to Justice, Talent & Education and Sustainability.
Most of all we want to do it TOGETHER with all parties within the legal ecosystem; reach out, collaborate, share & connect.
Contribution by Randstad Global Legal
After exploring the theory around D&I for some time, the in-house legal team at Randstad Global wanted to go beyond the policy on paper. They felt it was time to put D&I in practice. Randstad Global Legal offered Hamza Enes Kaya, a Turkish lawyer and political refugee in the Netherlands, an internship within their department.
In times of crisis we need to double down on D&I efforts. We can learn in this respect from the U.S. Bank’s legal ops team under the leadership of General Counsel Jim Chosy.
EQUAL in LEGAL Trailblazer Natalie Runyon has a deep belief in inclusion and fairness as an ally to women, people of color, individuals identifying as LGBTQ, and disabilities, among others.
One of the reasons that women have not advanced in equal pay, parental leave, and equitable hiring and promotion is because women have lacked male allies in the workplace. Male allyship is critical in the evolution of gender equality programs in the workplace. A new research report on allyship by future legal leaders was recently released.
Trailblazer Connie Brenton, a serial community builder in the legal ecosystem with a passion for D&I, is featured in our EQUAL in LEGAL’s trailblazers series.
Contribution by Eversheds Sutherland
Wellbeing and Mental Health can no longer be seen as ‘nice to have’, but need to be a core part of business strategy. The volume of research continues to grow indicating the negative impact for an individual, and their organisation, where their wellbeing and/or mental health have been poorly managed.