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Articles by Mark Schoeff Jr.

Appeal for Diversity

July 18, 2008
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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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Law Students Seek Diversity at Legal Firms

July 18, 2008
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It’s not just corporate clients pressuring law firms to increase the diversity of their staffs. It’s also the law students whom they will hire as associates one day—or maybe not be able to hire if they fail to diversify.
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Steering Minorities Toward Patent Law

July 18, 2008
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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
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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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Meisinger Bids Farewell to SHRM; Successor Pending

June 22, 2008
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Although SHRM’s CEO is stepping down next week, no permanent successor has been selected. But the process is ‘very far along,’ Meisinger says.
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Meisinger Cherishes Sense of Community at Show

June 19, 2008
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After more than 20 years as a Society for Human Resource Management executive, Sue Meisinger has plenty of annual conference anecdotes from which to draw her most memorable moments.
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The Immigration Squeeze

April 17, 2008
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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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Employers Resist Government Electronic Worker Verification

April 17, 2008
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The government is having a hard time getting companies to sign up for the program. There are complaints that E-Verify is inefficient, prone to error and incapable of being ramped up to handle traffic from all 6 million employers in the country.
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Diversity's Strategic Role

February 21, 2008
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As senior vice president for diversity and inclusion at AOL, Tiane Mitchell Gordon has an opportunity to put her ideas into practice.
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HRPS Publication Takes Strategic Focus

February 1, 2008
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While the society for Human Resource Management’s rebranding efforts highlight that HR is its middle name, the Human Resource Planning Society has decided to remove an HR reference from the title of its flagship publication.
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