Recruiting gay attorneys has become a big part of the initiatives launched by large law firms to diversify their ranks. But advocates caution that it will take much more than committees, brochures and networking to lure these attorneys to the nation’s top shops.

With law school enrollment down and the legal market remaining strong, tapping into the talent pool of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lawyers makes good business sense, firm leaders say. It also helps answer the call from in-house counsel demanding more diversity from the firms they hire.

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