Bloomberg Law
Dec. 15, 2020, 11:01 AM

The Black General Counsel Project: Norfolk Southern’s Vanessa Sutherland

Ruiqi Chen
Ruiqi Chen

Recruiting firms have become a “critical resource” for increasing the number of diverse lawyer hires, according to Vanessa Sutherland, the chief legal officer of transportation company Norfolk Southern Corp.

“Boards and C-suite executives have demanded that recruiting firms deliver competitive, exceptional talent. Therefore, those firms needed to identify talent from previously untapped resources such as diverse bar associations, broader college rosters and recommendations from diverse attorneys,” Sutherland said in a recent Bloomberg Law survey.

Black general counsel now make up over 5% of all general counsel in the Fortune 1000, a significant milestone tracked by the Black General Counsel ...

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