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Kelliann H. Payne, Erkang Ai and Christine Zimmerman Kelliann H. Payne, Erkang Ai and Christine Zimmerman of Hogan Lovells.

Diversity has become an expanding focus in the legal field as firms recognize the importance and value of hiring and retaining associates of underrepresented communities. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Law Placement (NALP), 45% of associates are women and 23% are minorities. However, there is still work to be done to increase diversity at the firm leadership level. A 2018 NALP survey found that only 19% of all equity partners are women, only 6.6% are racial/ethnic minorities, less than 3% are LGBTQ+, while less than 0.5% of partners self-reported having a disability. Although these numbers are higher than in previous years, many firms now recognize that the commitment to diversity must also extend to firm leadership teams with an emphasis on elevating and promoting partners and counsel.

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