Ramla H. Farzad
Consulting, New York
With over seven years of experience advising law firms and in-house legal counsel on talent development and recruitment strategies, Ramla’s consulting practice focuses on designing and leading immersive training programs, with specialist expertise in behavioral interviewing models. Ramla also teaches best practices for the recruitment and selection of associates, lateral partner hiring, associate satisfaction and engagement surveys, psychometric assessments and developing firm-specific competency models.
Ramla began her career as a general commercial litigator at an AmLaw 100 law firm in Chicago and Los Angeles. She was active in the firm’s efforts to increase diversity and inclusion at the firm and served on the Litigation Diversity Committee. Ramla later served as the Executive Director of the Center on the Global Legal Profession at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she worked with William (Bill) Henderson, a leading academic, researcher and thought leader in the legal industry. As the Executive Director, Ramla set up an international internship for law students in India, Brazil and China, where she helped recruit and select law students for this prestigious program.
Ramla left her position at Maurer Law School to join Bill Henderson at Lawyer Metrics as Director of Professional Development and Training. In that role, Ramla trained with a leading industrial organizational psychologist to learn the science and methodology of behavioral interviewing. She went on to develop a rigorous interview training system and has trained over 800 lawyers on using this system for associate selection. Ramla also gained expertise in working with law firms to implement strategies for hiring the best lateral partner talent, again using behavioral interview methodologies.
Ramla is frequently sought out by law firms to discuss the positive diversity implications of using behavioral interviews. She is passionate about working with law firms to help recruit and retain diverse talent and adopt programs that lead to greater inclusion of minority and marginalized groups.
Ramla graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with highest honors and received her JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
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