Committees in law departments for management initiatives

To make sure initiatives in law departments are carried out, general counsel often appoint committees. For example, as described in 8-K, Vol. 4, Fall 2008 at 15, the legal division of Pfizer has a very active Diversity Committee. In fact, that Committee has a Steering Committee, which is a smaller group of people who direct the activities of the broader committee. Within the Pfizer Diversity Committee for example is the Communications Work Group.

Among other things, the Diversity Committee has set in motion are a “needs-assessment” task force and a mentoring program (See my post of May 29, 2008: mentor with 10 references, coaching.). A “needs-assessment” sounds like a scorecard for who has what competencies and needs what extra skills.

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