Getting Started

It's time to articulate your personal commitment to diversity and translate it into organizational changes that are specific, meaningful, and measurable. Use the resources below to create your Leader's Pledge. Once you've completed a draft of your pledge, you can submit it to LCLD here

Principles of a Leader's Pledge 

As you craft your pledge, remember the four essential principles of a Leader's Pledge: 

  • Personal Responsibility. As a leader, you have enormous influence within your organization, network, and community. How can you harness that influence to drive change? 
  • Organizational Impact. We know the barriers faced by diverse lawyers are systemic—which means we must change the processes and practices that drive our organizations. How can your organization remove bias and improve systems in order to drive inclusivity at all levels of your organization? 
  • Transparency. You must be willing to be transparent about the goals you’re setting and the challenges you may face, both within your organization and with your peers at LCLD. 
  • Accountability. You can’t change what you don’t measure. A successful pledge must include specific, measurable goals. How are your direct reports, D&I committee, and diverse talent measuring progress toward the goals laid out in your pledge? How are you and your organization’s leaders held accountable for the results? 

Crafting Your Leader's Pledge

Questions and critical areas for action to help you draft your pledge.

Crafting Your Leader's Pledge (PDF)

Sample Managing Partner Pledge

Sample pledge for law firm leaders.

Sample Managing Partner Leader's Pledge (PDF)

Sample General Counsel Pledge

Sample pledge for corporate legal department leaders.

Sample General Counsel Leader's Pledge (PDF)


Still need guidance? Attend a Virtual Leadership Summit to refine your Leader's Pledge.

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Draft Your Pledge