The recent developments in our country have led many individuals and businesses to examine their own values and actions when it comes to the treatment of Black Americans and other marginalized groups. The lack of diversity in law firms has been a well-publicized issue, and many law firms have previously recognized the need to recruit and promote diverse attorneys. However, recent events underscore the urgency of the issue and highlight the ongoing inequality in the legal industry despite those past efforts.
Indeed, according to the 2019 Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Study, 81.69% of lawyers in law firms are white or Caucasian. The numbers are even less representative at the partnership levels, where 89% of partners are white, less than 24% are women, 2% are Black, less than 3% are Hispanic or Latinx, less than 4% are Asian American, and less than 2% are openly LGBTQ.
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