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Retention and Promotion of Diverse Talent: The Power of Work Allocation

Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Retention of diverse lawyers continues to be a challenge for most large law firms, despite various programs and strategies that have been implemented. Now, from the UK comes a “new” approach: work allocation. While a few US firms have explored work allocation, it remains relatively untried in the US. Some large London firms are implementing work allocation as a strategy and seeing positive results: better retention rates for diverse lawyers coupled with increased productivity and profitability for the firms.

Please join the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and the Boston Bar Association for a discussion with Dave Cook, CEO, and Robert Brown, Project Manager, of Mason & Cook, the British consulting firm working with many of the largest London law firms to custom design work allocation programs that are showing measurable results in terms of retention and profitability. Hear how these work allocation programs are being designed and the results that firms are seeing.  Maureen Mulligan of Peabody & Arnold will provide a law firm perspective on work allocation.

A welcome will be provided by BBA Diversity & Inclusion Section Co-Chair Chris Hart of Foley Hoag, and by IILP Board member E. Macey Russell of Choate.


8:00-8:30 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast

8:30-9:30 a.m. - Speaking Program

We are pleased to offer this program for law firm leaders from BBA sponsor firms. Our 120+ sponsors come from metro, national, and global law firms, in-house legal departments, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and law schools. For more information about sponsorship, please contact Erica Southerland, Director of Development & Corporate Relations, at 617-778-1930 or




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