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Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney Thomas Pack, who has spent his career encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion, sees the Twin Cities area’s commitment to DEI in two general ways.
“I think the Twin Cities is really blessed to have such coordinated DEI efforts among organizations which would otherwise be competitors,” he said. On the other hand, Pack said, “It’s far behind where it should be. I think every time we rightfully pat ourselves on the back for the good work that’s been done so far, we need to stop and reflect on how far we need to go.”
Pack, gay and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, devotes a significant amount of time and energy to volunteer organizations. Recently he joined the board of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, a nonprofit association of more than 60 law firms and corporations seeking to attract and retain attorneys of color in the Twin Cities.
“It’s really remarkable to have Twin Cities Diversity in Practice where law firms — which compete with each other for talent and work — come together to further the overall goal of promoting and advancing diverse attorneys,” Pack said.
The pool of diverse attorneys will not grow without increasing the pipeline of people seeking legal careers. But people of color and LGBTQ+ people face obstacles to college and law school because of their diverse genders, racial identies, sexual orientations, and economic status, he said. His other DEI efforts include work on behalf of the National Native American Bar Association, where he helped draft a statement calling for greater Native representation in the legal profession. He also chairs the organization’s Young Lawyers Committee.
Pack often addresses LGBTQ+ issues in articles and panel discussions and will continue to do so “because we’re not as far along the path of inclusion as we should be.”
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