Carlos José Santos da Silva, president of Brazilian law firm association CESA and partner at Machado Meyer Advogados, tells Luís Bulcão Pinheiro about a joint project between some of Brazil’s leading firms and São Paulo’s University Presbiteriana Mackenzie to address the lack of racial diversity in corporate law firms
Carlos José Santos da Silva
Rightful inclusion Carlos José Santos da Silva
A colleague from another firm asked me a very direct question: ‘how many black lawyers do you have in your firm?’ and I was taken aback,” says Santos da Silva, who is known to friends and colleagues as Cajé, on the defining moment that triggered the launch of Incluir Direito, a programme designed to get more black lawyers employed at corporate law firms. “But then he said to me: ‘It is not only you, we have the same problem in our firm.’ So we decided we needed to do something about it.”
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