Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr Partner Jason St. John Joins 2018 Diversity In Law Hackathon Series
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, a full service law firm with more than 400 lawyers in 15 offices, today announced that Jason M. St. John, Vice Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm's Executive Committee, is participating in the Spring 2018 Diversity in Law Hackathon organized by Diversity Lab in partnership with Harvard Law School Executive Education.
St. John will join 63 leaders from other law firms, in-house counsel from corporate law departments, law students and diversity advisors in the six-month program. Diversity Lab is an organization dedicated to closing the gender and diversity gap in the legal profession and is using the Hackathon to generate innovative ideas to help expand the pipeline of diverse attorneys and boost their retention and advancement in law firms and legal departments.
“Participating in the Hackathon aligns with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our Firm views this as an innovative opportunity to support the firm’s efforts to become a truly inclusive workplace as well as to help close the diversity gap in the broader legal profession,” said St. John, who also serves on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee as its Executive Committee liaison.
The concept of a “hackathon” originated in the technology industry with coders meeting for intensive 24-hour or weeklong events to solve problems and identify new software solutions, and the approach has since spread to other industries. In the Diversity Lab model, eight teams with six attorneys each, a law student and a diversity advisor will meet at the kick-off event on Feb. 6-7, 2018 at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. The team will then work together virtually in the following three to four months to develop innovative ideas relating to diversity and inclusion. All of the participating teams will then pitch their ideas to each other in June 2018 at Harvard Law. At the end of the process, participants will have up to 16 ideas they can bring back to their organizations for implementation.
The Spring Hackathon is one of two that Diversity Lab has organized for 2018. The events follow its successful 2016 Women in Law Hackathon that produced the widely implemented Mansfield Rule, which is helping an alliance of 44 law firms with support from more than 70 legal departments pilot ideas to measure whether they are affirmatively considering women lawyers and women of color for promotions, senior level hiring and significant leadership roles.