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Maraleen D. Shields of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba. Maraleen D. Shields of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba.

Earlier this year the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court published demographic data collected from attorneys during the 2018-2019 annual attorney registration. Based on the self-report of attorneys in the commonwealth, 78.05% of attorneys registered identify as white. The remaining 9% identified as: Black/African American (4%), Asian (2%), Hispanic/Latino (1.4%), two or more races (less than 1%), and American Indian/Alaskan Native (less than 1%). Year after year, there are seminars, summits, retreats and roundtables regarding these anemic numbers. These conversations are frequently focused on the Philadelphia legal community. The numbers here in the Lehigh Valley, which includes the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton metropolitan areas, are even more lackluster in the legal ranks.

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