The 2009 Recession:
The Economic Recession’s Effect on Minority and Women Lawyers
Arin N. Reeves
In a recent conversation with the chair of a firm’s diversity committee, I listened patiently as the partner bemoaned his firm’s inability to work on diversity issues because of budgetary cutbacks. I responded by telling him that budgets did not create diversity, people did. After he got over his initial surprise and anger at my response, he got around to asking me what I meant. When I told him that diversity and inclusion were, at their core, about human interactions and the relationships that were forged across differences, we were able to generate several ideas of what his firm could do to raise awareness on diversity, build relationships across differences and create a more inclusive culture that did not strain his budget at all.