Diversity

358 ABA Journal articles on Diversity.

Legal analytics track gender diversity at law firms
Legal analytics can study the gender of attorney appearances in court to see whether a firm has true gender diversity.
UC Irvine’s Richardson is the only woman of color serving as dean at a top 30 law school

Corrected: Legal scholar L. Song Richardson took over as dean of the University of California at Irvine School of Law on Jan. 1.

Richardson is currently the only woman of…

Judges push for diverse voices in court
The New York State Bar Association recommends standing rule to encourage young attorney participation in court. Judges can offer oral argument as incentive to address litigation’s gender disparities.
Percentage of women and minorities at law firms increased slightly in 2017, NALP report says

Nearly 35 percent of lawyers at major U.S. law firms are women, while about 15 percent are minorities, according to statistics released Friday by the National Association for Law Placement.

Supreme Court law clerks are still mostly white men; which justices had the most diverse clerks?
Updated: U.S. Supreme Court law clerks in the last dozen years are mostly white men, a number that highlights “near-glacial progress” since the first demographic study of clerks in 1998, according to research by a legal publication.
BigLaw partner breaks a record held by Thurgood Marshall

Neal Katyal has broken the record held by Thurgood Marshall for the minority lawyer with the most oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Katyal, a Hogan Lovells partner, broke…

Nixon Peabody opens tech incubator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs
Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office is now home to a rainbow crew of LGBTQ startups, with seven already part of the new StartOut Growth Lab and about a dozen in the pipeline.
Chicago special prosecutor’s career nearly came to a premature end
Patricia Brown Holmes had become the youngest African-American woman to serve as a Cook County associate judge. Then she was told she might have only six months to live.
Minorities are still scarce among law firm partners and general counsel

Minority lawyers are an increasing percentage of lawyers at law firms, but their numbers still lag at the partnership level, according to the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Sixteen percent of…

Study of black Harvard law grads finds many leave private practice; 66% would recommend legal career
Black graduates of Harvard Law School leave private practice at a higher rate than white or black lawyers nationwide, according to a study of the graduates from 2000 to 2016.
Law firms borrow a concept from the NFL to address lack of diversity in their leadership ranks
In a Diversity Lab project, 55 participating law firms will agree to abide by the so-called Mansfield rule when making decisions on leadership opportunities within the firm.
How Can GCs Be a Force for Change?
Despite decades of lip service to the importance of diversity in the legal community, the upper ranks of most law firms fail to reflect the gender and ethnic makeup of practitioners or the population at large.
Who’s the Best?
In a field premised on protecting the rights of others, law firm equality should be a de facto presumption. But in practice, not enough firms are putting in enough effort to get it right, and even fewer are doing it well.
Is diversity all talk? (podcast)
Diversity at law firms, especially at the higher levels of partnership, continues to be a hot topic of discussion. But is that all that it is, a discussion item?
Law firms employ fewer black lawyers than other minorities, survey reports

Minority law school enrollment recently topped 30 percent, but law firms are not making substantial progress in hiring and promoting minority lawyers, according to a Law360 survey.

Nearly 85 percent…

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