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 […]

Law Firm Affinity Groups: A Key Resource for Attorneys and Firms

  As this blog has often stated, the legal profession lacks diversity. While the diversity problem affects all sectors of the profession, the situation is particularly bad in large law firms (a.k.a. “BigLaw”). According to all available data, African American attorneys are leaving BigLaw in droves. Law firms are using a new tool to counter […]

Can Blind Hiring Reduce Bias in Legal Recruiting?

  As previously written on this blog, the legal profession struggles with diversity.  Though savvy recruiters are trying to find creative ways to find talented attorneys of color, experts warn that simply expanding the recruitment process may not be enough to diversify the profession.  Some recommend that recruiters take additional steps to eliminate bias from […]

Most Popular Cities and Practice Areas for Black Attorneys

It’s no secret that the legal profession continues to struggle with racial diversity. Sadly, it’s still far too common for Black attorneys to be “the only one” in the courtroom, at a conference, or even at a firm.  But despite the struggles, Black attorneys have persevered.  We practice in several areas and in many cities. […]

Best Practices for Recruiting African American Attorneys

Diversity in the legal profession often proceeds in a “one step forward, two steps back” fashion.  Over the past few decades, the number of students of color in American law schools has steadily increased.  Though one would expect that a more diverse applicant pool would translate into a more diverse legal workforce, legal employers – […]

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