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Judges to be honored as Trailblazers by Straker Bar

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association will conduct its 28th Annual Trailblazers Award Ceremony “Liberty and Justice For All” online Thursday, June 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom.

This year’s award recipients include:

• U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin Drain, Eastern District of Michigan

• Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Kristina Robinson Garrett

• Wayne County 36th District Court Chief Judge William C. McConico.

Tickets are $25 for Straker members and non-members, and $20 for law students. To register, visit https://straker law.org/meetinginfo.php

For sponsorship information, or contact Straker President-elect Ponce D. Clay at 313-288-9469 or ponce@claylawplc. com.


ABA survey lets companies compare law firms on metrics of diversity

An updated survey and improved online portal from the American Bar Association allows corporations to compare law firms they work with on key metrics of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The ABA Model Diversity Survey, compiled by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, was released May 16. Based on a survey of 287 law firms with a total of more than 100,000 attorneys, the report measures law firms’ demographics, hiring, promotions, leadership, highest compensated partners, attrition and diversity initiatives.

An easy-to-read online dashboard shows statistics for each law firm and how they compare to each other. The information on individual firms is available only to companies that sign an ABA pledge to support the survey and diversity in the legal profession. The goal is to offer companies the information they need to evaluate law firms that they hire and work with.

To date, more than 180 U.S. companies have signed the Model Diversity Survey pledge, including 7-Eleven, American Express, Bank of America, Cigna, Costco, Dow Chemical, Facebook, General Motors, Hyatt, McDonald’s, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Raytheon, Starbucks, The New York Times, United Airlines, Visa, and Zoom. 

Companies that sign the pledge can search an online portal to see which law firms have completed the survey and can see reports on each firm for demographics; hiring by firm role; promotions; attrition by firm role; trend reports for each firm; and comparisons among law firms.

The new Model Diversity Survey report can be read at www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/DiversityCommission/model-diversity-survey

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