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CounselLink Conference 2017 Panel Session to Address Law Firm Diversity


Diversity. Since the adoption of ABA Resolution 113 last August it seems as though nearly everyone in the legal profession is talking about it.

A growing number of law firms and corporate law departments are doing more than talking about diversity. As called for in Resolution 113, they’ve taken steps “to expand and create opportunities at all levels of responsibility for diverse attorneys.”

CounselLink Conference 2017 organizers have enlisted a handful of corporate law early adopters of the diversity initiative for what promises to be an enlightening panel discussion on the challenges and rewards of building a law firm diversity program.

Facilitated by Dan Ruderman of LexisNexis, a panel of corporate law customers who are actively engaged in implementing diversity initiatives will share their experiences, insights and best practice recommendations for requesting, capturing and reporting on law firm timekeeper diversity information. The session promises to provide a thought-provoking, first-hand perspective on the challenges and the rewards of addressing law firm diversity at the corporate law level.

If you’ve been considering implementing a diversity initiative in your own law department or you’re simply interested in learning more about this important and timely topic, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking dialogue. The CounselLink Conference panel discussion session, “Building a Diversity Program,” will take place on Tuesday June 6, from 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. CounselLink Conference organizers are looking forward to seeing you there.

Not registered for CounselLink Conference 2017? Register now and make plans to join your peers June 5-7 for three days of learning and networking.

About the Panel

Christy Gedney

Christy Gedney
Christy Gedney is the Assistant Vice President and Director of the Legal Audit & Billing Services group at Liberty Mutual Insurance. With much of her nearly 20 years at Liberty Mutual spent managing operations, Ms. Gedney recognizes the importance of diversity of thought in staying competitive and achieving results.




Sharon Morrison

Sharon Morrison
Sharon Morrison is Assistant Vice President and Manager of Legal Systems Solutions at Liberty Mutual Insurance. As a seasoned legal technology professional, Ms. Morrison has a keen awareness of the need for diversity in perspective to provide the best, most effective solutions for the Legal Department.





Eli Valentin
Eli Valentin, Jr. has been with the Legal Department at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. for four years. He currently manages the legal operations function, and prior to that he was an analyst on the Department’s internal corporate investigations team. Eli came to Booz Allen after spending five years as a litigation paralegal on a variety of civil tax and public corruption criminal matters at the U.S. Department of Justice.  He has a Master of Arts in Legal Administration from Marymount University and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, young son, and dog. Within the legal realm, Eli enjoys process improvement and data visualization. Outside of work, he is passionate about cooking and baking.

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About Chas Schmidt

Chas Schmidt
Chas Schmidt is a freelance copywriter and frequent contributor to the Business of Law Blog. A former Senior Copywriter for the Business and Litigation Software Solutions (BLSS) division of LexisNexis, Chas honed his strategic writing skills in a variety of previous roles on both the corporate and agency sides of the marketing communications fence. He is the former creative head of an ad agency in Durango, Colorado, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University and plans to one day live off the grid in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.