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Prominent Advocate for Flex Time Lawyers Blogs About Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Cynthia Calvert

Cynthia Calvert, co-founder of the Project for Attorney Retention at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and a prolific author and speaker on the retention and advancement of women attorneys, alternative work arrangements, and family responsibilities discrimination, has discussed the Grand Rapids Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative Action Plan for diversity and inclusion in her blog.  Ms. Calvert played an important part in the steps that led up to the forming of the Collaborative.  In March 2010, she was a keynote speaker, along with Robert Grey of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, at the Grand Rapids Bar Association Roundtable on the Retention of Women and Minority Lawyers

Writing in her blog, Ms. Calvert predicted success for the plan based on the commitment and dedication to making a difference she saw at the Roundtable.  She described the Action Plan as employing strategies with a proven record of success and praised the Plan for including provisions that hold the firms accountable for implementing it. See, “Taking Action toward Diversity and Inclusion in Grand Rapids.”

In a subsequent blog, Ms. Calvert suggested 5 steps the members of the Collaborative can take to get their members actively participating the diversity and inclusion initiatives.  You can read that article by clicking here.

 Ms. Calvert is the author of a number of books and articles on the retention and advancement of women.  Her most recent book, written with Joan C. Williams, is “Flex Success: The Lawyer’s Guide to Balanced Hours” (2011)

Links to News Coverage of the Managing Partner Diversity Collaborative Action Plan

A number of media sources have shown an interest in the Action Plan signed by the Grand Rapids Managing Partner Diversity Collaborative.  We’ll gather links to the coverage as stories appear and link them here: 


Photos from the Signing of the Action Plan by the Grand Rapids Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative

On March 22, 2012, the Managing Partners of 13 of the largest law offices in Grand Rapids joined the President of the Grand Rapids Bar Association in signing an Action Plan to increase the diversity of, and promote inclusion in, their law firms and the Bar. Click on a picture for a larger view.

TwitPics from the Signing Ceremony