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Schnader, Firm Chairman Noted in The Wall Street Journal on New Chief Diversity Officer

On January 11, 2012 by Schnader in Litigation

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP and Firm Chairman David Smith were featured in The Wall Street Journal on January 5, 2012 in an article titled “Firms Hail New Chiefs (of Diversity).” The article discussed Schnader’s recent decision to create a Chief Diversity Officer (“CDO”) position after recognizing it had a problem retaining minority talent before they reached top-level positions. Mr. Smith said “[s]ome were wooed away by bigger law firms trying to build up their own diverse work force, but others simply saw no opportunity for advancement within the organization. Without any rigid structures in place, the firm’s majority – white male attorneys – were unconsciously choosing to partner with other white male colleagues on assignments.” Schnader appointed Albert S. Dandridge, III as the Firm’s Chief Diversity Officer in August 2011 and Mr. Smith expects the appointment of Mr. Dandridge to “translate into higher representation at the firm by the end of the first quarter.”