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STILL LOW – The percentage of black associates at law firms in the United States has returned to its pre-recession level. Karen Sloan reports that in 2019, black lawyers made up 4.76% of the associate ranks, which is the highest figure since 2009 when black lawyers totaled 4.66% of all associates, according to new data from NALP. At the same time, the percentage of black partners remains discouraging low, at 1.97%. Black lawyers accounted for 1.83% of partners in both 2018 and 2017.

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