New data from the American Bar Association has found that Black attorneys make up roughly 4.7% of all lawyers—a small dip from 2011, when Black attorneys made up 4.8% of the lawyer population, and a testament to the lack of progress the industry as a whole has seen in the last decade despite the renewed push from Big Law.
The data stems from the ABA National Lawyer Population Survey released last week. The survey notes that while Black attorneys have seen a decline in proportional representation, the overall proportion of minority attorneys have increased over that same time frame. In 2011, 11.7% of attorneys belonged to a minority group. This year, 14.6% of attorneys identify as a minority—a percentage increase of 2.9%.