Equity & Diversity in Law Practice: Best Practices for Law Firms



  • Available Until 2/5/2023
  • Next Class Time 1:00 PM ET
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format MP3 Download
  • MCLE Credits 1 hour(s)

Course Price: $79.00


This program will provide you with a practical guide to diversity, inclusion, and equity in law firms and in clients. The program will discuss the value of diversity and inclusion, including how it fosters collegiality, greater client value, and organizational and personal growth.  The panel will look at real world case studies of what types of diversity training work and help law firms – and also review those types of training that do not work. The program cover best practices not only for law firms but also for advising clients on developing diversity, inclusion, and equity training and practices.


  • Types of diversity – internal, external, organizational, and world-view
  • Racial and ethnic, generational and age, gender, socio-economic diversity
  • Training to raise awareness of unconscious bias v. promoting allyship and inclusivity
  • What types of diversity training work – and what types do not work?
  • Best practices in helping law firms and their clients grow in diversity, inclusion and equity



Michele Lomax is an attorney and consultant with extensive expertise in contract negotiation and diversity and inclusion. For more than ten years, she held legal and management roles for one of the nation’s premier consulting firms specializing in minority business economic development, supplier diversity, and diversity and inclusion. She has helped numerous Fortune 500 clients with their focus on compliance with diversity directives. In private practice, she has held leadership roles in acquisitions, corporate structuring, and management, negotiation and structuring of strategic partnerships, and project development. Ms. Lomax earned her B.A. from the University of Washington and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Anthony Licata is a partner in the Chicago office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he formerly chaired the firm’s real estate practice.  He has an extensive practice focusing on major commercial real estate transactions, including finance, development, leasing, and land use.  He formerly served as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Mr. Licata received his B.S., summa cum laude, from MacMurray College and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.