A tool to assess and encourage diversity in sexual orientation among law firms

Your law department can get data that rates your primary law firms with regard to their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. The Human Rights Campaign administers the annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which rates law firms on a scale of zero to 100% based on six key criteria that define corporate social responsibility in this area of diversity.

“By 2008, 115 of the American Lawyer’s top 200 firms were rated, 62 of which earned a 100% rating, and an additional 45 firms scored 80% or better.” The article in Diversity & The Bar, Vol. 11, March-April 2009 at 22, quotes senior lawyers from Accenture, Constellation Energy, the Compass Group and Shell Oil who make use of the CEI ratings in various ways (See my post of March 17, 2006: gay and lesbian lawyers.).

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