Why Black Women Are Leaving Big Law (And What Firms Can Do About It)

A recent ABA article stated that 85 percent of female attorneys of color will leave Big Law before making partner. This shockingly high exit rate does not come from a lack of ambition. (A recent study found that many women of color have higher career ambitions than white women and men of color.) Neither are […]

Race-Based Employment Discrimination: What African Americans Should Know

  Most Americans work every day. Jobs help us pay our bills, feed our families, and provide us with a sense of security. While nearly everyone must work, getting and keeping work is particularly important for African Americans. Because of the historical wealth gap, African Americans cannot rely on other sources of wealth to meet […]

Choosing a Law School: A Guide for African American Applicants

At this time of year, most are taking a deep breath after filing taxes, finalizing an Easter outfit, or looking ahead to Memorial Day. Law school applicants, on the other hand, are stressed. Law school seat deposits for this fall’s 1L classes are due soon. Anyone would be stressed when facing a decision that could […]

End-of-Life Planning for African Americans: 5 Necessary Documents

  It’s often said that nothing in life is certain, except death. While nothing can prepare a family for the emotional experience of losing a loved one, families can prepare for the legal and medical situations that happen near life’s end. This process – known as end-of-life planning – can help prevent knotty legal problems […]

Law Firm Diversity: How to Recruit and Retain Diverse Talent

The lack of diversity in the legal profession is not a new problem. Unfortunately, the crisis has existed for decades. What is new, however, is that the problem seems to be worsening. According the ABA, African American attorneys are losing ground in BigLaw.  The situation is so dire that some law firms have no partners […]

What to Expect When Meeting With a Lawyer for the First Time

  Meeting with a lawyer can be stressful for many reasons.  Usually, the events that created the need for a lawyer in the first place – a serious car accident, the breakdown of a marriage, the death of a loved one – are stressful. The thought of spending money on an attorney can cause even […]

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