Seyfarth Shaw's 'Rooney Presumption' Drives Sudden Surge in Minority Hiring

, The National Law Journal


A few tweaks were required when the legal profession, anxious to improve diversity within its ranks, borrowed from the NFL's playbook and adopted the "Rooney Rule," which requires teams to interview minority candidates for all head coach openings. At Chicago-based law firm Seyfarth Shaw, for example, executives do their hiring mindful of the "Rooney Presumption," according to partner Laura Maechtlen.

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