Blank Rome Joins Diversity Lab’s Women in Law Hackathon Alliance

December 7, 2016

Press Release

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that it has joined the Women in Law Hackathon Alliance, Phase II of Diversity Lab’s Women in Law Hackathon initiative that brings law firms from across the country together to increase gender parity in the top ranks of the legal profession. To date, 36 law firms, including Blank Rome, have signed on to join the Hackathon Alliance, as well as several legal departments that have agreed to partner with Diversity Lab and the participating law firms.

“It is an honor to expand on the Firm’s commitment of participating in Diversity Lab’s first-ever Women in Law Hackathon by joining the Hackathon Alliance,” said Alan J. Hoffman, Chairman and Managing Partner at Blank Rome. “Blank Rome is dedicated to advancing women in the legal industry and helping to generate innovative ideas to close the gender gap in law firms. The Firm’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion is at the root of our values, and we look forward to enhancing that commitment across the legal industry through the inspiring initiatives developed by Diversity Lab and the Hackathon Alliance.”

Blank Rome joined the Hackathon Alliance after also participating and competing in the inaugural Women in Law Hackathon, a Shark Tank-style competition held in June 2016 that brought together 54 high-level partners from law firms across the country with industry experts and Stanford Law students to create innovative solutions aimed at advancing and retaining experienced women lawyers in law firms. The Firm’s team was led and represented by Daniel E. Rhynhart, Partner and Chair of Blank Rome’s Commercial Litigation group, and also included Blank Rome Associate Kathy E. Herman, who initially joined the Firm through its participation in Diversity Lab’s OnRamp Fellowship, the largest global re-entry platform promoting experienced women lawyers rejoining the legal profession after a hiatus. Of the 36 law firms participating in the Hackathon Alliance, Blank Rome is one of only eleven that has participated in the OnRamp Fellowship, and to date has welcomed two Fellows to join the Firm.

In 2017, the Hackathon Alliance will strive to implement and pilot one or more of the ideas presented at the conclusion of this year’s June Hackathon. Such ideas include revamping the law firm reward/values system and creating a blind compensation process designed to close the pay gap to a team-based and technology-driven sponsorship initiative focused on supporting women associates’ rise to partnership, and an adapted version of the NFL’s Rooney Rule to increase the number of qualified women considered for leadership roles in law firms, to name a few.

“The goal of the Hackathon Alliance is to help forward-thinking firms experiment with new ideas that have the potential to move the diversity needle forward. We are publicly sharing the Hackathon results now and going forward so that everyone can benefit from our combined efforts,” said Caren Ulrich Stacy, founder of Diversity Lab and creator of the Women in Law Hackathon.

For more information, please click here to read Diversity Lab’s press release announcing the launch of its Hackathon Alliance.