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To the editor: Congratulations to Legal Times for its long-overdue special report on diversity in the legal profession. However, I was dismayed by the report’s narrow definition of diversity. Only two aspects were discussed: gender and race/ethnicity. By failing to incorporate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered lawyers, Legal Times did not give its readers all the pieces to the complex puzzle of diversity in the legal profession. The LGBT community is an invisible minority. At best, LGBT attorneys and their culture are ignored. At worse, they are forced to deny their everyday lives in order to achieve professional success. The National Lesbian and Gay Law Association and its D.C.-based affiliate, GAYLAW, offer LGBT law students and legal professionals an opportunity to showcase their talents and hone their practice at a number of events, particularly the annual Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference each September. Over the last three years, the career fair has seen a more than 200 percent increase in recruiters. While the legal profession has a long way to go, a large and growing number of firms are committed to achieving not just a narrow definition of diversity, but an all-encompassing commitment to change firm culture. The still lackluster statistics prove that there are no easy answers. Yet NLGLA, among other minority bars, provides practical solutions. And that’s why it is a shame that Legal Times left out such a big piece of the diversity puzzle. D’Arcy Kemnitz Executive Director National Lesbian and Gay Law Association Washington, D.C.

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