As black corporate America gets richer, black law firms are standing outside with their noses pressed against the windowpane.

Black lawyers, particularly members of the National Bar Association’s commercial law division, say there is, at the very least, a bit of irony in the fact that many of the black entrepreneurs who have benefited from civil rights laws, federal minority business development programs and the steady patronage of African-American consumers haven’t done more to send business their way.

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