By Debbie Weaver, Alaris CEO and Owner
In today’s market, competitive fee structures and quality legal work are no longer enough for firms without a good diversity record to attract new corporate clients. Corporate legal departments have spoken loudly and clearly that they want to be represented by law firms which value diversity as much as they do.
Taking the importance that is placed on supporting diversity one step further, corporations are now formalizing their expectations for outside counsel with respect to the utilization of diverse suppliers. Because these corporations encourage and reward the use of diverse suppliers as part of a comprehensive diversity strategy, the establishment of a supplier diversity program will help your law firm stand out from the pack not only in recruiting diverse lawyers but also in attracting corporate clients
Litigation support services such as court reporting, document management, e-discovery and trial support provide a multitude of opportunities for law firms to work with women and minority business enterprises. It is a win-win proposition: the diverse vendor wins by partnering with law firms and establishing a relationship with a major corporation, and the law firm wins by providing added value to its corporate clients by helping them achieve their percentage diversity goals and objectives.
Alaris recognizes the importance that corporate legal departments and law firms place on having a diverse supplier base. Certified nationally through WBENC, as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise by the federal government, as a Woman Business Enterprise by the State of Missouri and the State of Illinois, Alaris has been dedicated to the pursuit of professional excellence in the field of court reporting and trial services since its founding over 30 years ago. Headquartered in St. Louis, with six additional regional offices and over 250 partners, Alaris provides court reporting and transcription services, video conferencing, comprehensive litigation support, including e-discovery collection and document hosting and review, and advanced trial and technology services across the country or around the world. With a long history of delivering the highest level of customer service, Alaris has pledged its commitment to supporting a culture of inclusion and improving the communities where it does business.