Congratulations to Brad Wine, co-chair of MoFo’s Litigation Department, and his winning team for securing first place in Diversity Lab’s Spring Diversity in Law Hackathon on Friday, June 22, 2018.
This is the second time MoFo has participated in Diversity Lab’s Hackathon. Litigation partners Anna Erickson White and Diana Kruze represented MoFo in Diversity Lab’s pilot Mansfield Rule initiative. The initiative measures whether law firms have considered a diverse pool of candidates for promotions, leadership, and governance roles.
“Representing MoFo at Harvard for the second Diversity Hackathon was an amazing experience,” said Brad. “We learned about the myriad of issues impacting diversity and inclusion for law firms and in-house legal departments and ideated concepts that will achieve real results. That our team won was icing on the cake.”
Diversity Lab, an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law, hosted the first in a two-part 2018 series of Shark Tank-style hackathons to tackle the legal industry’s toughest diversity and inclusion challenges. Participants, including 44 high-level law firm partners and corporate legal department leaders, nine expert advisors, and nine Harvard Law School students, were divided into nine teams and attended two months of diversity and design educational training prior to a four-month brainstorm to formulate ideas on how to move the needle on diversity and inclusion.
On June 22, teams pitched their creative ideas to a panel of esteemed judges at Harvard Law School. Anusia Gillespie, director of growth and integration at Eversheds Sutherland, acted as team advisor to Brad and his team members, including Mo Cowan, president, global government affairs and policy at General Electric; Beth Ybarra Crean, associate general counsel at Bank of America; Lisa Genecov, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright; Paras Shah, student at Harvard Law School; and Jason St. John, partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. Their idea: D&I Dash (Diversity & Inclusion Dashboard).
Demand from corporate legal departments, the American Bar Association, and many other organizations, has put the pressure on lawyers and diversity professionals, who often feel like they are constantly answering surveys without making much progress. D&I Dash aims to solve this challenge by offering a new way to collect, analyze, and leverage the deluge of data that firms and legal departments encounter. Beginning with data from ABA Resolution 113 surveys, the creators of D&I Dash hope it will become a central clearinghouse of diversity and inclusion information accessible to law firms, in-house legal departments, law students, and eventually the public. Within three years, D&I Dash will have an interactive website, portal tracking, and real-time intel from law firms and corporate legal departments.
All winning ideas from the hackathons will be developed further by Diversity Lab and piloted in collaboration with law firms and legal departments.
Read more about Diversity Lab and the Diversity in Law Hackathon in an article published by The American Lawyer.