Does the legal industry still have a diversity problem?
There is overwhelming evidence that law firms and their inhabitants cannot act without the influence of bias, even when combined with the best of intentions
One of the reasons I became inclusivity adviser at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) was to help affect positive change in the future of the legal industry. The proportion of black associates in law has remained static for the last three years, and sits at just 1.4%, according to the most recent Diversity League Tables report. Figures from the American Bar Association state that 88% of all lawyers are white, and there is overwhelming evidence that law firms and their inhabitants cannot act without the influence of bias, even when combined with the best of intentions.
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