Just .56 percent of partners at major law firms are black women. That’s not a typo.

As part of her series focused on the struggles and successes of women and minority lawyers, The Careerist Vivia Chen in this episode interviews Michele Coleman Mayes, a leader in the profession who is general counsel for the New York Public Library and former GC at Allstate and at Pitney Bowes.

They focus on the challenges for black women lawyers, and the inherent cultural bias against them, particularly in Big Law.

Mayes also shares what she thinks needs to happen to change the momentum for the better.

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