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The Bridge - Resources
Welcome to the first issue of
The Bridge - Resources, an every-other-week compilation of the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition (PLDIC) which will highlight opportunities and resources relevant to our mission and the time we are living in. We hope each of the various constituencies receiving this newsletter will find something of interest below. If you come across something that you think our readers would enjoy or benefit from,
please pass it along and we may include it in a future issue. We hope that you and your families and colleagues remain safe and healthy.
Driving Progress through Diversity & Inclusion, featuring Reed Smith partner Glenn Mahone
In 1973, Glenn Mahone was the first African-American hired by
ReedSmith — indeed, the first African-American hired by any large Pittsburgh law firm. He has been a towering presence in the Pittsburgh legal community for many years now.
ReedSmith posted this video featuring Glenn and his wise observations on its website for Black History Month.
Leading in the Time of Coronavirus
Are You Leading Through the Crisis or Managing the Response?
The coronavirus crisis, like every crisis, is unfolding over an arc of time with a beginning, middle, and end. The actions of executives and their teams now, in the midst of this crisis, will significantly determine their fate.
Evan Parker recently won two of only six LexBlog Awards for Exemplary Writing on the legal profession, one for an article entitled Credible Commitments to Legal Diverisity, an expanded version of a presentation Evan and his partner, Kathleen Fredrickson, of Parker Analytics, made last fall at the PLDIC Members Meeting. The LexBlog Network includes more than 1,000 legal blogs and 23,000 authors.
Interestingly, Evan’s two articles appeared in a publication founded by another Coalition speaker. Bill Henderson, Professor of Law at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, spoke to the PLDIC at its first Members Meeting in November 2017. His topic then was “Solving the Legal Profession’s Diversity Problem.” (The slides and Bill's article by the same title are available on the Members Only page). Bill is also the founder of Legal Evolution, an online publication focusing on the changing legal industry. Its mission is “to provide lawyers, legal educators, and allied professionals with high-quality information to solve very difficult industry-specific problems.”