National Survey on the Value of Diversity

A nationwide Valuing Diversity Survey is being conducted by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession’s (IILP) Social Impact Incubator to gain information about how various legal professionals value diversity and inclusion work.

The IILP Social Impact Incubator is gathering anonymous data from a wide cross section of attorneys regarding their experiences with diversity and inclusion programs, committees, and other related activities in the profession.

Just as diversity and inclusion related activities vary among firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, and other legal industry employers, the importance of participation and the value of the time invested on those activities varies as well. 

This research is being conducted to measure the following: 1) the activities attorneys engage in for career advancement/professional development both internally and externally; 2) the amount of time expensed on these activities; 3) the degree to which these activities, if they have a diversity and inclusion component, are valued by employers; and 4) whether the amount of time and how it is spent differs significantly depending on an attorney’s gender, race/ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age. 

The IILP Social Impact Incubator will use the survey data to inform IILP member organizations and other legal industry employers about the current state of the value of diversity and inclusion programs toward career development and advancement and how attorneys ideally want participation in such programs to be valued.

The anonymous survey should take about 20 minutes to complete. It is open September 11 through December 31, 2018 at:

Please contact Jenna Meyers at with any concerns or questions. Thank you.

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