Despite recent efforts, diversity continues to be a major challenge for the legal industry. While leaders may be saying the right things about inclusion, the numbers indicate there’s much more to be done. In the United States, people of color account for 18 percent of total lawyers at law firms, women account for 37 percent, and LGBT+ attorneys account for only 2.5 percent.
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- Why underlying systemic biases and long-held processes and structures in the legal industry fail to represent and advance women, LGBT+ individuals, and people of color.
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“The legal industry relies on past and precedent. The biggest systemic problem is that no law firm wants to be first to market when it comes to change. It’s easy to allocate work equitably when financial gains are stripped away and attorneys are blind-proposed to clients.”
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Key Insights from InCloudCounsel on Improving Overall Diversity in the Legal Profession
We attribute our diversity to our unique structure and the processes and policies we’ve implemented to promote efficiency over profits-per-partner. We blind hire all lawyers in-network and often propose lawyers to clients with identifying information removed. Our mentorship program helps our minority and women-owned small businesses grow. And most importantly, our completely remote model provides our attorney network with unparalleled freedom.
Luke Ruse is the General Counsel of InCloudCounsel. Before joining InCloudCounsel, Luke was a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, focused on commercial and bankruptcy litigation and regulatory investigations.
Luke started his career clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the N.D. Illinois.
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Jon is based in Singapore, where he manages the company’s relationships with its APAC-based clients. Jon holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to joining InCloudCounsel, Jon spent over 10 years as a practicing corporate lawyer across Singapore, London, and New York, most recently as a partner in the capital markets practice of an international law firm.