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Our second issue of the Diversity supplement is an attempt to focus on immediate change. Last year’s issue talked about the long-term challenges of the pipeline problem and looked at some struggles over the years. This time we wanted to look at what can be done right now. A lot of dedicated lawyers are looking every day at how to improve the legal profession’s lack of diversity, but too many of the issues become abstract to those who don’t see themselves on the front lines. It’s too easy to say, “The governor should appoint judges with a broader composition,” or “Someone should fix the problem at the law school level … the LSAT level … undergrad level … the high school level …” This issue looks at what can be fixed if the “someone” is you. The Diversity Scorecard paints a picture of the state of the profession, but the articles that follow lean toward short-term opportunities. An in-house lawyer talks about how to diversify law departments � and keep track of firms’ promises to change, too. A longtime firm partner offers a wide-ranging discussion on what to do in a law firm today if you’re a young minority lawyer � or an old white guy. And we look at a Boston firm that upped its diversity numbers dramatically when it lured a very diverse group of laterals. Long-term change is still the goal, but in addition to � and in support of � systemic change, there are small and immediate victories to be had right now. Brian McDonough is an associate editor with The Recorder, which publishes Diversity. He can be reached at [email protected].

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