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Law Center Partner Recognized for Diversity Efforts

Law.com’s The Recorder is recognizing NetApp for its Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion as part of the California Leaders in Tech Law and Innovation Awards. The awards ceremony is taking place on Nov. 6.

Southern University Law Center entered a partnership last August with the data services provider to create the Community of Legal Interns. CLI is an initiative focused on educating, empowering and establishing future leaders in the rapidly changing legal ecosystem.

CLI currently has 1,100 members and retained between 150 and 300 attendees for their 24-speaking series session.

The Recorder interviewed Connie Brenton, Senior Director of Legal Operations at NetApp, to get more details on the partnership.

“This year we built a partnership with Southern University Law Center to increase access, opportunity and ultimately representation from historically underrepresented groups in the legal industry,” Brenton said.

Brenton was a key player in the partnership between NetApp and the Law Center. “This was an initiative we designed collaboratively with partners from across the legal ecosystem in response to our belief that we, as an industry, can and must do better,” Brenton said.

After recognizing the Law Center’s mission to be dedicated to innovation and diversity, NetApp realized that the school is making a difference in the lives of the students, in the community and the legal industry.

“This initiative is geared to shape and mold students and professionals to become leaders in their respective industries,” said Chancellor John Pierre. “This partnership was forged with the foundation of meeting the needs of the legal community through innovative strategies and career development.”

Alongside NetApp and the Law Center, the CLI advisory board includes Walmart, Liberty Mutual, software company LexCheck, tech companies Juniper Networks and Chronicle, and international law firm Keesal, Young & Logan.

Read more of Brenton’s interview here.

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