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Michelle Fang and 169 general counsel at other corporations were riding a high Sunday when news of their open letter to law firms demanding more diversity was met with great praise and excitement.

But one of her comments in a New York Times article about the profession’s diversity problem caught the attention of the likes of me. She said she would have a hard time firing the white, male lawyer she has long worked with and trusted if his firm weren’t diverse enough. I seized on that as emblematic of why the problem of diversity in law is so difficult to fix.

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Gina Passarella Cipriani

Gina Passarella is editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer. She has covered the business of law for her entire career, first as a reporter and special projects editor with The Legal Intelligencer in Pennsylvania and then as senior editor for business of law in ALM's global newsroom. She took over as editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer in January 2017.

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