One of the ideas behind the founding of the PLDIC was that the Pittsburgh legal community could only become more diverse and inclusive by coming together, putting our competitive instincts aside in this one area, and pooling resources and learning from each other. Now, the PLDIC’s Retention Committee, chaired by Keith Whitson, managing partner of Schnader Harrison’s Pittsburgh office, is compiling a series of articles which will focus on member initiatives that have worked in creating more diverse and inclusive law firms and law departments.
First up: Frost Brown Todd’s use of “developmental competencies” to drive recruiting, as well as retention and lawyer development. The firm finds that this practice not only results in better hires and increased retention, but goes a long way to reducing bias in these key areas. We are grateful to Frost Brown Todd for sharing first in our series of “Ideas that Work. This and other articles can be found on the Members Only page of the PLDIC’s website. Any lawyer in any member organization may sign up for access to the page.