Despite the frequency in which DEI initiatives make headlines, the common expectation that large law firms hire Chief-level diversity leaders, and the brightness of spotlights from legal departments, “diversity and inclusion” is one of the least mature areas of technology in the legal market. Other leaders in law firms have significant budgets, staff, and systems, while diversity leadership does their best with a small team and manual work. The proliferation of manual surveys has benefited benchmarking visibility but, regrettably, has done so on the backs of diversity staff – each year worse than the last.
Diversity and Inclusion - Landscape Overview
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Sara Lord is Managing Director and Metrics Curator at Legal Metrics. Using Legal Metrics’ automated legal operations and DEIB reports, law firms can see themselves through their clients’ eyes and benefit from data-driven insights derived from the next generation of metrics.
Sara brings a unique perspective to the business challenges and analytics needed to support data-driven decision making in the legal industry. She started her career in the world of numbers, honing her analytic skills in the rough and tumble pits of commodity trading. In search of new challenges, she shifted into the world of letters, practicing law in firms from the very large to the very small. Now working in legal technology, she is a special character (see what I did there) who thrives on leading diverse teams in the mission to support development of the business of law. Sara has a B.S. in finance from rural University of Connecticut, a J.D. from bustling New York University, and a sense of humor from the dry Nitrian Desert.