Corporate Counsel: #MeToo Having Impact That May Not Show in Surveys, Atlanta Utility GC Says

January 2019 General Counsel Report
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Corporate Counsel: #MeToo Having Impact That May Not Show in Surveys, Atlanta Utility GC Says

Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | January 15, 2019 | By Sue Reisinger

About 69 percent of respondents to a survey from Consero Group said they were working with inadequate legal technology. The majority of legal operations chiefs in a recent survey were unhappy with the technology in their legal departments, saying it did not meet their needs.

The most significant impact the #MeToo movement has had on Atlanta-based Southern Co. has been to inspire a broad dialogue throughout the gas and electric utility about workplace values, according to general counsel James Kerr.

“We are governed by the company’s strong values statement,” said Kerr, who is also the company’s chief compliance officer. “So we are not changing policies, but are changing the conversation. It has prompted an openness among leaderships and others … to fundamentally raise awareness around the importance of general issues of equality, diversity and inclusion, and around manifestations such as pay equity, harassment and the #MeToo movement.”

Kerr discussed the topic in relation to the latest general counsel survey from Consero Group, which presents executive conferences. Consero created the 2019 General Counsel Report from last year’s general counsel forums with 73 chief legal officers from corporations with revenues at or above $500 million.

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