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We believe in D&I. It is our goal to help buyers of legal services find new ways on how to increase diverse legal spend. Get inspired and learn from the leading diversity organizations and D&I thought leaders.

If you would like to join our D&I Working Group lead by seasoned legal procurement professionals Adrienne Fox and Milly Parekh, please let us know. It is open to Members and Friends of the Buying Legal© Council. Please email Doria.

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Milly Parekh

Legal Services Manager

Johnson & Johnson

Adrienne Fox

Director, Global Procurement


Nicole D. Galli

Managing Member

Law Offices of N.D. Galli LLC

Vandana Dhamija

Founder & CEO

Legal Operations Consulting

Ruth Estrella Pujols

Legal Services Procurement Manager


Cynthia (“Cindy”) Funaro Towers

CEO & President

JURISolutions Legal

Rippi Karda

Associate General Counsel

Tim Jenkins

Founder and CEO

Tap the Market™

Vance C. McMurry
Central & Federal Sales


Diversity in the Legal Profession: A Moral and Business Imperative

Joel Stern, CEO of NAMWOLF, examines the current state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and focuses on best practices for designing and implementing a “best in class” program. Learn about unconscious bias and its impact on effectuating positive change in the profession. Please contact NAMWOLF if your legal department is interested in D&I CLE training.

Download the slides

Other useful resources on D&I:

Diversity Lab Mansfield Rule More

American Bar Association 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge© More

Boston Consulting Group How diverse leadership teams boost innovation More

McKinsey's 2020 Report Diversity Win: How inclusion matters More

Entrepreneur Magazine Diverse Workplaces More

Four ways to move the needle for diversity & inclusion in your organization:

Yvette Beale (Level 2 Legal) and Akshay Verma (Facebook). Download the infographic

What the legal industry can do to improve diversity & inclusion:

Yvette Beale (Level 2 Legal) and Joel Stern (NAMWOLF, the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms). Download the infographic

Why is supplier diversity so important?

Adrienne Fox and Joel Stern (NAMWOLF):

What law firms and clients can (and should) do to increase diversity & inclusion in the legal industry:

Peer-to-Peer Roundtable discussion with Adrienne Fox, Director Legal Services Procurement, Novartis, Vance McMurry, Central & Federal Sales | Security, Open Text, Rippi Karda, Associate General Counsel, Verizon Communications.

Moderated by: Milly Parekh, Legal Services Procurement Manager, Johnson & Johnson and Ruth Estrella Pujols, Legal Services Procurement Global Category Manager, GSK.

Can clients nudge outside counsel to increase diversity?

Thoughtful "He said/She said" discussions with Facebook's Akshay Verma and Nixon Peabody's Rekha Chiruvolu, moderated by Diversity Lab's Caren Ulrich Stacy

How should you measure D&I progress?

Dave Cunningham (CIO, Winston & Strawn and Founder, Legal Metrics) discusses how to best calculate, benchmark, and visualize data on D&I and which metrics clients and legal services providers will (or should) measure in the future:

Members and Friends access further D&I resources and insights by D&I leaders, including Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, Prudential Financial and others. More