Instant Insights / A National Conversation on Racism: the Legal Profession's Role in Driving Equality
The tragedy of George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer has spurred a renewed conversation about who we are as a country. In the legal sphere, we are seeing members of the community come together and look inward, asking what they can do to better confront racism and inequality. At ALM, our reporters and editors have interviewed diverse law firm leaders, general counsel and law deans, as well as allies, about where the blindspots are and where we go from here. A collection of some of that coverage, along with photography from the protests and spot news, is below.
Despite Diversity Efforts, Fewer Than 10% of MDL Leadership Posts Are Going to Attorneys Who Are Not White
Data gathered by Law.com shows very little progress in ethnic diversity of MDL leadership teams: only 5% of appointments, on average, went to lawyers who identified as “nonwhite” in MDLs created from 2016 through 2019.
Sabita Soneji had tried several times to get leadership roles in multidistrict litigation, but it wasn’t until last December that she landed a position on the plaintiffs’ steering committee overseeing cases against electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs.
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