#whynamwolfnow Campaign

March 30, 2020
Justi Rae Miller, State Farm
LinkedIn Post

Why NAMWOLF Now? I think by now, everyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about NAMWOLF, NAMWOLF Member Law Firms, and legal supplier diversity. My in-house colleagues; this is not the time to take your foot off of the gas in hiring NAMWOLF Member Law Firms. And, NAMWOLF makes it so easy to find a firm that meets your needs: 1) Search for a NAMWOLF Member Law Firm here: https://lnkd.in/eAFyQjb 2) Do an anonymous solicitation for NAMWOLF Member Law Firms here: https://lnkd.in/evbKNZv These firms are started by big law partners who are entrepreneurs. And, you can easily access high quality, strong representation who already do work for other corporations while supporting your company’s supplier diversity efforts. #whynamwolfnow Letsmovetheneedle!

March 30, 2020
Joel Stern, CEO
LinkedIn Post

A few years ago, NAMWOLF implemented a solicitation process that makes it simple for in-house legal groups to find NAMWOLF firms that can handle your legal work. Basically, you tell us what you are looking for by practice area, jurisdiction and any other criteria you have and we will share with our firms to see which ones can do the work. We can do it anonymously if you prefer. Think of it as an RFI process where NAMWOLF does most of your due diligence and shares with you the results. This process has been used by dozens of Fortune 500 companies the past several years to help companies find amazing women and minority owned law firms.

To make it convenient for you, we have a feature on our website where  you submit your inquiry online. Once your request is received, you will receive a confirmation email followed by detailed specific responses to your request. You can fill out and submit the form here. #WHYNAMWOLFNOW #NAMWOLF #LEGALSUPPLIERDIVERSITY

March 25, 2020
Joel Stern, CEO
LinkedIn Post

During these times, the challenge of balancing work and life (or even just standing on the bar without falling) are magnified. And, this is not about whether we can take vacations and forget about work; but more critical questions like ‘how can I keep my job and watch over my children at the same time?’ Managers/leaders must constantly communicate with their employees and be empathetic, innovative, flexible, understanding, and solution-oriented. Each situation has to be looked at separately. There are no cookie cutter answers. As leaders, we must understand that deadlines may have to be extended, our folks may need several breaks during the day to handle their other responsibilities, and work may be done during odd hours of the day. We also have to make certain unnecessary tasks are taken off of the table. We should be sharing what we are doing to balance with our employees as well. Our employees have to be comfortable letting us know when the ability to balance becomes overwhelming. And, we have to step in and work with them. There is nothing more important than our employees – it’s time to show them that!

March 23, 2020
Joel Stern, CEO
LinkedIn Post

NOW IS THE TIME to do everything within our power to ensure that the diversity and inclusion progress we have made in our legal profession the past ten years doesn’t slow down. Using minority and/or women owned law firms and tier 2 mbe/wbe owned legal suppliers is a crucial piece of this. Legal supplier diversity aligns perfectly with you company’s supplier diversity programs and take on even more importance now. The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms can help you find firms that deliver outstanding quality and value in several different practice areas. Our 195 plus firms are all certified as either minority and/or women owned enterprises and doing business with Fortune 500 companies and governmental entities. Our firms have always been innovative and nimble and many have a long history of being set up to work remotely. If you know of NAMWOLF and use our firms, please continue using them and find more opportunities to work with them. If you are not aware of NAMWOLF, go to www.namwolf.org or find me at joel_stern@namwolf.org. For many of your organizations, D&I is a core value. Core values must not change based on headwinds. Quite the contrary, they must remain and guide companies as we all navigate through this unprecedented crises

March 16, 2020
Joel Stern, CEO
Email to All Members

Dear NAMWOLF friends and supporters,

First of all, and most importantly, I want to extend to you on behalf of the NAMWOLF team my thoughts for you and your family, friends and colleagues during this unprecedented and difficult disruption to your business and personal lives. I urge all of you to stay safe, healthy, and positive as we go through these next few months.

There will be many distractions in the upcoming weeks, but I want to let you know a few very important things as it relates to NAMWOLF and its mission.

NAMWOLF is and will continue to be fully operational.

Our team is working remotely and remains completely available to help our Member Firms, corporate legal groups and our valued Business Partners. Please reach out to me or anyone on my team if you have any questions. We are here to help.

Diversity and inclusion will always be important.

I encourage everyone in the legal profession to continue keeping a laser-like focus on the importance of diversity and inclusion in our industry, even as we navigate around the COVID-19 pandemic. This is critical, especially during challenging times.

Please continue to stay connected with all of the tremendous organizations focused on making our profession better. These include affinity organizations like the NBA, NAPABA and the HNBA, as well as other organizations that focus on diversity and inclusion including the MCCA, Diversity Lab, MIHCA, NGLCC, CCWC, CMCP and NAMWOLF. We at NAMWOLF will continue to be here for you, just like we always have been.

Continue demanding more diversity from your law firms, continue looking for opportunities to use minority and women owned law firms, and continue asking for more minority and women owned Tier 2 suppliers. And please continue attending our respective meetings (mostly virtual for the next several weeks), sponsoring our organizations and advocating for our causes.

It is NAMWOLF’s core belief that the best way to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession is to empower minority and women owned law firms. Please continue to look for opportunities to use them; you can find our outstanding firms by searching on namwolf.org, using our Solicitation Process, or by reaching out directly to me (joel_stern@namwolf.org) for guidance.

It’s critical that we continue finding opportunities for minority and women owned law firms to conduct business with corporations and governmental entities. During the Great Recession, many excellent smaller firms went out of business, including several minority and women owned law firms. Diversity and inclusion became an afterthought. Let’s learn from history and make certain we give these firms every opportunity to do business with you. They will not disappoint. Let’s not let several years of progress disappear as a result of COVID-19. Everyone loses if that happens. We each have a responsibility to ensure this does not happen.

The Annual Meeting in September is still on.

We fully expect to host our Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo in Baltimore on September 13 – 16. In the meantime, as travel and meetings are restricted, our Practice Area Committees and Member Firms would welcome an opportunity to organize substantive CLE webinars for your legal team.

In times like these, I know that legal department budgets are under scrutiny and other priorities take precedent. However, I hope we can continue to count on your generosity and support to continue in 2020 so NAMWOLF can fulfill our important mission and keep doing what we are doing, especially during this challenging year. We have had a lot of success in the past few years, and we are determined to keep up the momentum.

The next few months will be challenging and painful, but I have so much confidence in our resilience as people. I know we will get through this.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on the NAMWOLF team. As always, I thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.

Best regards,

Joel

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