Bloomberg Law
Dec. 3, 2021, 6:27 PM

Top Performing Lawyers Dread Diversity Work, Study Finds

Vivia Chen
Vivia Chen

Lawyers seem to prefer getting a root canal than spending time working on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

That was my takeaway from a recent survey about the attitudes of nearly 1,200 high-performing lawyers. According to Thomson Reuter’s Stellar Performance: Skills and Progressions 2021 Mid-Year Survey, DEI work ranks as one of the least desirable non-billable activities. Of the respondents, some 73% either “don’t have or want” DEI responsibility or would like to “drop” it entirely. (For what it’s worth, working on well-being initiatives—another urgent topic in the legal industry—fared even worse on the popularity scale, with 83% respondents ...

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