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Aug. 7, 2020, 12:29 PM

Black General Counsel Reach Milestone in the Fortune 1000

Jerome Ashton
Jerome Ashton
Deputy Team Leader

The number of black attorneys leading legal departments is on the rise, reaching more than 5% of general counsel at the 1000 largest U.S. companies.

Moving Forward: The legal industry has failed to deliver on diversity over the years, but there are signs of progress, including through the work of the Black General Counsel 2025 Initiative. Some advocates have called for in-house legal chiefs to hold their internal teams and outside counsel partners accountable for building diversity.

Taking Action: “Any general counsel who believes that these issues are important, they have the power to, in the words of the late Representative [John] Lewis, stir up some good trouble,” said Chasity Wilson Henry, the general counsel of the CECO Environmental Corp. and co-founder of the NEW Roundtable, a resource group for Black women in law. Ruiqi Chen has the story.

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