The Boston Lawyers Group Announces its First “Attorneys of Color” Directory

 

Strategic marketing tool highlights the breadth and depth of attorneys of color in the Boston area

S&W Press Release
June 29, 2009

Boston, MA  June 29, 2009 – The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) announced the first edition of its “Attorneys of Color Directory” which is now available online at www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com. The goal of the Directory is twofold:  to increase corporate awareness of the talented attorneys of color in Boston’s legal community, and to provide a marketing tool for attorneys of color to support their business development efforts.

“We believe the Directory will provide attorneys of color in all organizations with a valuable tool to market their skills and expertise to corporations interested in diversity,” said Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard, BLG’s executive director.  “For example, if an in-house counsel wants to hire an attorney of color who specializes in real estate or commercial lending, where would he look?” 

Since February 2008, the BLG’s leadership team has maintained an office at Sullivan & Worcester LLP.  The firm is a founding member of the BLG, which began in 1986 as a consortium of Boston law firms dedicated to promoting diversity in Boston's legal community. Today, its membership has grown to nearly 50 prominent legal organizations including such public sector entities as the City of Boston’s Corporation Counsel, The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office and the United States Attorney's Office.  The BLG has also extended its reach to corporate legal departments, including those of Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, Liberty Mutual, State Street Corporation, Mass Mutual Financial Services and John Hancock Financial Services, Inc.

“We have been working closely with BLG members and the law school community to increase the presence of diverse cultures in our firm,” said Sullivan & Worcester’s co-managing partner Joel Carpenter. “This new directory is a wonderful resource to more accurately reflect and identify the breadth and depth of the diverse talent that’s out there.” 

The Directory is for anyone who desires a diverse legal team.  A few mouse clicks will enable users to review the credentials of participating attorneys and will enable them to more thoroughly consider diversity when making outside hiring decisions.

“It is our strong belief that an increase in the number of attorneys of color will encourage public confidence in Boston’s legal community’s commitment to advancing diversity,” said Hebsgaard.  “With the challenges we face in today’s global economy a more representative professional legal community is not just a desire, it’s a necessity.”

The Directory, the brainchild of a member of BLG’s executive committee, is not a recruitment tool for corporations.  It is a testament to the positive changes happening in Boston’s legal landscape – an increase in both the hiring and retention of talent of color.  It also affirms these attorneys’ selection of Boston as a place to live and practice law.

For more information, visit www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com.

About Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sullivan & Worcester LLP is a leading corporate law firm providing counsel to domestic and international clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 185 lawyers in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, securities, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, tax, real estate, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, climate change, regulatory law, and employment and benefits. Sullivan & Worcester is also recognized for its representation of REITs and its deep expertise in mutual fund law. For more information please visit www.sandw.com.

Contact:
Leah Schloss
617.338.2448 
lschloss@sandw.com

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