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Gina Passarella, Editor-in-Chief of The American Lawyer.

The message has been heard loud and clear. That is, if the number of people reading our story today about 170 general counsel warning law firms to diversify or lose business is any indication, law firms are reading every word.

The lack of diversity in the legal industry has been a pervasive problem for decades and discussions of how to rectify the problem have grown more intense over the past few years … and, for that matter, over the past few hours. The New York Times published a piece Sunday afternoon highlighting the lack of diversity in Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison’s new partner class as emblematic of a broader problem in Big Law. And leaders of legal departments in some of the world’s largest companies responded with a pact to direct work away from firms that don’t improve those numbers.

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Gina Passarella Cipriani

Gina Passarella is editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer. She has covered the business of law for her entire career, first as a reporter and special projects editor with The Legal Intelligencer in Pennsylvania and then as senior editor for business of law in ALM's global newsroom. She took over as editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer in January 2017.

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