Partner Doug Bland Participates on ‘Crowd Favorite’ Team at Diversity in Law Hackathon
For the second consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins participated in the 2018 Diversity in Law Hackathon, a competition aimed at increasing diversity in the legal industry.
V&E’s firmwide Hiring Partner Doug Bland participated on the
team that won Crowd Favorite at the event. The Hackathon, developed by
Diversity Lab, is a “Shark-Tank” style pitch competition that brings together
legal department leaders, high-level law firm partners, expert advisors and law
students from across the country to tackle pressing diversity and inclusion
challenges. A total of nine teams gathered at Harvard Law School in June and
pitched ideas in the first of two Diversity in Law Hackathon events this year.
After four months of development, Bland’s team presented its idea,
“NextGen10,” a proposed program to address the leadership gap for women and
people of color attaining top law firm and in-house positions. NextGen10 aims
to bring together partnerships between law firms and their clients who will
select diverse client relationship lawyers and provide them with additional tools and
opportunities for future leadership.
The winning ideas from the
Hackathon will be developed by Diversity Lab and piloted by participating law
firms and legal departments. At the inaugural Women in Law Hackathon
competition in 2016, the team that included V&E’s John Wander, co-chair of
the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice, generated the Mansfield
Rule. Firms that elected to participate in the pilot Mansfield Rule
certification program in 2017 agreed to affirmatively consider women and
diverse lawyers for promotions, leadership positions and lateral openings.