Action Step – Support Diversity & Flexibility Programs at the Top

The Alliance’s Action Steps are designed to assist organizations with implementing practical strategies and policies related to diversity and flexibility.  Members can access full versions of all of the Alliance’s Action Steps in the Member Resource Center.


Visible support from the firm’s top management is essential to incorporating diversity and flexibility into the culture. Stating support in memos or meetings is a good start, but by itself will not get the job done. Much of the communication within a firm is nonverbal, and includes what leaders do, what gets noticed, and what gets rewarded. Here are some action steps firm managers can take to align their deeds with their words:

  1. Chair the initiative, and attend every meeting
  2. Stop by the office of a lawyer of color or a part-time lawyer to chat…

For full details of this Action Step, become a member of the Alliance and access our Member Resource Center.