General Counsels Discuss Links Between Diversity and Winning Business

Source: The Daily Report

By Meredith Hobbs

While law firms' efforts to increase diversity seem to have stalled, the pipeline is expanding at corporate legal departments as more women and minorities become general counsels, Spectra Energy's GC said at an Emory University law school event Tuesday.

The GC, Reginald Hedgebeth, told the crowd of lawyers at the school's third annual Diversity Speaker Series, "We are seeing very diverse legal departments in the Fortune 500. But we need to work on it."

He added that he hasn't set quotas at Spectra but will often suggest outside firms or lawyers for people in his department to consider.

Hedgebeth was part of a panel of general counsels at the event, joined by Raquel daFonseca of GE Industrial Solutions, Craig Silliman of Verizon and Lawrence Tu of CBS Corp. Michael Wu, the GC of Carter's Inc., was the moderator.

Melba Hughes of legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa started the event in 2014 with support from Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro, who said event proceeds will be used to fund diversity scholarships.

Read more of this feature at The Daily Report.

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