Jenner & Block

Inside Counsel Features Firm in Examination of Successful Diversity Efforts

Jenner & Block Partner Susan J. Kohlmann, chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and Associate Director of Talent Development, Diversity & Inclusion Jami de Lou are featured in an article about how law firms can improve their diversity initiative results.  Titled “Diversity Initiatives: Why Isn’t Your Outside Counsel Doing More?” the article in Inside Counsel quotes Ms. Kohlmann saying that the firm’s primary goal is to create an environment where all lawyers can “develop, thrive, advance and succeed.”  The article notes that the firm this year participated in the inaugural Women in Law Hackathon, a nationwide initiative aimed to discovering innovative strategies for improving the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in law.  Clients also play a critical role in helping to create change, Ms. Kohlmann observes, explaining that the firm is actively involved in a number of programs whereby Jenner & Block partners with in-house counsel.  Ms. de Lou says that the whole firm needs to be invested in shaping an inclusive culture:  “This is an important part of any diversity-related initiative – people at the highest levels of the organization need to be on board.”