Katten has signed on to Diversity Lab's OnRamp Fellowship program, which has a newly stated goal of returning 200 women to the legal profession by 2025.
Through its OnRamp Fellowship, Diversity Lab seeks to plug the legal profession's "leaky pipeline" by creating a re-entry platform that matches experienced attorneys returning to the workforce with top firms and law departments for one-year paid positions. The structured experiential learning program gives participating lawyers, many of whom took a hiatus from practice to take care of their families, an opportunity to demonstrate their value in the marketplace while also increasing their experience, skills, and contacts.
"Our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts have long focused on attracting, developing, retaining and elevating our diverse talent," said Alisa Goodwin, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. "We are proud to partner with Diversity Lab on an initiative that supports women and other attorneys in overcoming the challenges that exist when re-entering the workforce."
For Katten, the fellowship provides access to a pool of untapped, high-performing diverse legal talent and strengthens our pipeline of future leaders while supporting the attorneys' return to practice and advancement of their careers.
OnRamp Fellowship was created in 2014 by Diversity Lab, which also founded the Mansfield Rule program. The program was revitalized as OnRamp 200 in 2021.