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Articles by Mark Schoeff Jr.

Appeal for Diversity

July 18, 2008
To better serve their multicultural customer markets, corporations are putting pressure on the law firms they hire to diversify. But advocates say minorities have made only moderate gains in the legal profession.
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Steering Minorities Toward Patent Law

July 18, 2008
Anand Sharma was a panelist at a National Bar Association meeting a couple years ago, discussing ways to increase the number of African-American lawyers practicing patent law. During his flight from Detroit back home to Washington, the intellectual property lawyer came up with an idea on how to help achieve the goal.
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Economic Downturn Doesnt Slow SHRM Conference

June 25, 2008
Attendance doesn’t hit a record level, but SHRM officials and vendors are happy with the turnout of more than 13,000. During the show, SHRM also did not name a successor to its outgoing president. The effect of soaring gas prices on work was the show’s hottest topic.
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The Immigration Squeeze

April 17, 2008
Not only is a complete overhaul of immigration law a remote possibility in 2008, but prospects are dim for narrow legislation that would address employers’ specific needs for both high-skill and low-skill workers.
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