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Friendly advice to law firms announcing new partners: Don’t put up photos of your latest elevations unless there’s a modicum of diversity among those happy faces.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison learned that lesson the hard way earlier this year. After publishing photos of its fresh batch of partners—11 men and one woman (all white)—the firm got slammed for its super-Caucasian, male class.

Vivia ChenKirkland & Ellis is falling into the same trap. As you probably know, Kirkland made a jaw-dropping number of partners this year—141 to be exact. But here’s the flip side: Only three black lawyers appeared among that sea of faces. (I’m basing this on appearance, as Kirkland has not responded to my request for comment.) As for women and Asians, the firm is doing better: I counted 46 women and about a dozen or so Asians, though that included those in its Asia offices.

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Vivia Chen

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

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