Taft IP Group Commits to Diversity Lab "Do Something Hard" Inclusion Blueprint

The Taft Intellectual Property practice group joins 50 law firms in a commitment to Diversity Lab’s Inclusion Blueprint “Do Something Hard” program to improve inclusion and equity in the legal industry. 

The Inclusion Blueprint provides a tool for firms to use to measure the inclusion activities that they can and should employ and is organized by Diversity Lab and ChIPs. The “Do Something Hard” public commitment declares a firm’s dedication to making its organization’s systems more equitable. 

“At Taft, we truly are committed to being the inclusive employer of choice in each of our markets and making sure every Taft team member has the opportunity to grow and succeed. We are honored to have our Intellectual Property group showcase this commitment in partnership with Diversity Lab to support the program’s goals,” said Adrian Thompson, Taft’s chief diversity officer and partner-in-charge of Taft Cleveland. 

“We are incredibly proud to join a group of industry leaders that prioritize diversity in our profession and hopefully inspire action across the legal industry,” said Jonathan Polak, Intellectual Property practice group chair. “Celebrating our differences and ensuring our firm amplifies diverse voices equally is a key part of Taft’s core values.”

Taft’s IP and security practice area has committed to the Ally Action Pledge. As part of the pledge, the majority of partners agree to advocate for and champion at least one diverse associate or junior partner by (a) actively managing their workloads to ensure they receive career-enhancing and skill-building work that will help them advance; (b) introducing them to at least three partners who will help them expand their client relationships and/or work opportunities; and (c) introducing them to at least three client contacts who will support their efforts to gain career-enhancing work, and/or business generation and credit.

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About Diversity Lab

Diversity Lab is an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law. Experimental ideas are created through our Hackathons and piloted in collaboration with more than 150 top law firms and legal departments across the country. Diversity Lab leverages data, behavioral science, design thinking, and technology to further develop and test new ideas and research, measure the results, and share the lessons learned. For more information, visit www.diversitylab.com.

About ChIPs

ChIPs is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and connecting women in technology, law, and policy. ChIPs seeks to accelerate innovation in these areas by increasing diversity of thought, participation, and engagement. At ChIPs, members are united in the belief that diversity, of all types, is essential to innovation and to a thriving, evolving society. Membership is open to anyone who shares this mission. Founded in 2005 by seven women chiefs of intellectual property, it has expanded beyond those roots, now with over 3,000 members and nine regional chapters in the United States and abroad. Many members are engaged at the heart of current events — as active participants in the lawmaking, policymaking, judicial, advocacy, and innovation processes. Please visit www.chipsnetwork.org.

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