The Bridge report, funded by a plurality of the biggest London HQed law firms, has produced an excellent report on class, race, and gender in law firms. Data driven excellence, presented with a keen eye on its busy audiences.
This quote sums it up for me:
“I can’t stand more debate. Let’s get something done.”
It comes from a managing partner. It challenges the frankly absurd, 1990s models of what makes a good lawyer, who to recruit, and promote, and how to work those people (for worked they are). The continued privileging of men and public school credentials. The rather risible idea that a 24 year old’s connections should be what drives a Mega firms view of what is important as they hunt out future stars. This model is so broken.
A word to those firms. Stars are made not born. You don’t spot them, you build them. You choose who and how to build them. Your models for doing so are broken. Choose better. Build better. Get something good done. The first ones to do it will be better, bolder, happier, more successful law firms.