To access the American Lawyer’s annual ranking of large U.S. law firms according to their percentage of minority associates and partners, please click on the following link: 2011 Diversity Scorecard
On February 17, 2010, the National Law Journal published an article discussing the California Bar’s request for ’U.S. News’ to add diversity as factor in law school rankings. The State Bar of California’s Council on Access & Fairness is finalizing a proposal that calls on U.S. News to adjust its formula so that diversity accounts for 15% of the overall law school rankings.
To access the full article, please select the following link: CA Bar Wants US News Diversity Rankings
On, January 26, 2011, the New York Lawyer published the article, “A Whiter Shade of Pale: Study Finds NY Firms Less Diverse” discussing the results of the New York City Bar’s 2010 Diversity Benchmarking Study.
Among other things, the study reported that for the first time since March 2004, the percentage of minorities and women declined at the reports responding firms, dipping to 16.6 percent of total attorneys from 18.1 percent last year for minorities, and 35.3 percent for women, down from 36 percent.
To access the full article, please select the following link: A Whiter Shade of Pale: Study Finds NY Firms Less Diverse
On November, 16, 2010, the National Law Journal reported that the percentage of women partners and associates working at NLJ 250 law firms this year fell to its lowest point since 2006.
Women associates and partners accounted for 29.2 percent of all attorneys at NLJ 250 firms. Five years ago, women made up 32 percent of attorneys at those firms. The findings are from The National Law Journal‘s annual ranking of the nation’s largest law firms.
To access the full article, please select the following link: Number of Women Lawyers Hits 5-Year Low at NLJ 250 Firms
On November 4, 2010, the National Law Journal reported on the The National Association for Law Placement’s (NALP) latest diversity statistics, concluding that the percentage of both minority attorneys and women attorneys declined slightly at firms during 2010. NALP’s findings mirror similar conclusions released in recent months by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA),Vault and National Law Journal affiliate The American Lawyer. All three surveys found small pockets of improvement, either at individual firms or among subsets of the attorney population, but the larger conclusions were that diversity suffered. It was the first time in the 17 years that NALP has collected demographic data that diversity actually declined.
Please select the following link to access the full article: Recession blamed for ‘historic’ decline in law firm diversity
On November 9, 2010, the Careerist published an articled discussing the The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) survey that tracked women at the 200 largest firms.
The article reports:
First, the familiar bad news: NAWL finds that women constitute only 15 percent of equity partners (it’s been the same rate for the last five years) and are barely represented in the most influential committees at their law firms. What’s more, nearly half of the firms say that there’s not a single woman among their top ten rainmakers.
Now, the new bad news: Contrary to those optimists who say that the recession has had a positive effect on work/life balance issues, women did not fare well during the recession. In a nutshell, the changes in the profession and the economic downturn have not been kind to lawyers in general and women in particular. (The National Law Journal also reports that the number of women and minority lawyers declined during this past year, according to NALP.)
To access the full article, please select the following link: Recession Tough on Women Lawyers
On October 1, 2010, The National Law Journal published an article discussing data from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and Vault.com that provides “a grim picture of law firm diversity efforts in a difficult economy.”
The report states that, “For the first time in seven years, the percentage of minority equity partners remained virtually flat, nudging up from 6.05 percent in 2008 to 6.06 percent in 2009 at the 263 law firms surveyed… That finding helped to corroborate fears that diversity efforts have taken a backseat to economic concerns.”
To access the full article, please select the following link: Survey Shows Law Firms’ Minority Hiring Is Stagnating
The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) recently published the article, “The New Face of Law Firm Diversity,” that explores diversity best practices and addresses the challenges of moving beyond the general encouragement of diversity efforts to executing meaningful diversity plans. Of special note, the article features ALFDP member Elizabeth A. Campbell and highlights the work she is doing at Andrews Kurth.
To access the full article, please select the following link: The New Face of Law Firm Diversity
On June 4, 2010, The Legal Intelligencer published, “Diversity-Minded Tips to Help Associates Succeed.”
To view the article, please select the following link: Diversity-Minded Tips to Help Associates Succeed
On May 14, 2010, the Associated Press published, “Asian Judge Nominee Shows Community’s Progress” discussing the challenges of Asian-American attorneys in the legal profession by examining the nomination of Goodwin Lin to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and his quest to become only the second Asian-American judge to serve in a federal appellate court.
To access the complete article, please select the following link: Asian Judge Nominee Shows Community’s Progress