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The numbers of black partners remain woefully low at major law firms. At the same time, the legal profession is still not attracting young black people interested in pursuing a law degree. In this Instant Insights—as we recognize Black History Month—we look at efforts underway at the pipeline point and within Big Law to change the dynamic, as concern persists that law schools and firm leaders are not addressing the problem effectively.

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When I wrote about the dearth of blacks among the new partnership classes in Big Law a few weeks ago, I asked firms and individuals to ping me about any new black partners out there who escaped my radar. The good news is that more than a handful of people responded, so I now have a few more additions to this rarefied list.

Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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