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Legaltech News: 5 Legal Tech Tools Keeping Diversity and Inclusion Measures in MotionOctober 08, 2020
O’Melveny’s use of applicant assessment software Pymetrics is noted in this article, which examines legal tech tools developed to foster diversity.
The firm added the software to its hiring process in 2018 to expand its associate talent pool and mitigate implicit bias, as reported in the piece. “Through the software, candidates from any law school interested in the firm’s summer program access and play games that measure attention, effort, planning, memory, flexibility and other traits,” Legaltech News observed. “Using these results, Pymetrics builds a profile of O'Melveny & Myers’ top-performing associates and recommends candidates based on its own algorithm” vs. “any potential gender, race, or ethnic basis.”
Darin Snyder, co-head of diversity, equity, and inclusion at O’Melveny along with partner Jared Bartie, noted that the firm had recognized that the traditional model of recruiting on-campus could keep talented diverse candidates off the firm’s radar. “We know there are a lot of talented people who don’t go to those schools, but for systemic reasons just aren’t easily captured by our process,” Snyder told the publication.