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Diversity in the US Legal Profession

According to the American Bar Association, only two professions, the natural sciences, and dentistry have less diversity than law; medicine, accounting, academia, and others do considerably better.

Diversity in the Legal Profession: Perspectives from Managing Partners and General Counsel, by Deborah L. Rhode and Lucy Buford Ricca I Center of the Legal Profession, University of Stanford – published in the Fordham Law Review in 2015

Within the American legal profession, diversity is widely embraced in principle but seldom realized in practice. Women and minorities are grossly underrepresented at the top and overrepresented at the bottom. What accounts for this disparity and what can be done to address it are the subjects of an article published by Stanford University in 2015.

It provides the first comprehensive portrait of the problem from the vantage of leaders of the nation’s largest legal organizations. Through their perspectives, this Article seeks to identify best practices for diversity in law firms and in-house legal departments, as well as the obstacles standing in the way. Read more

See also:

1. Foreword: Diversity in the Legal Profession: A Comparative Perspective by Deborah L. Rhode

2. Difference Blindness vs. Bias Awareness: Why Law Firms with the Best of Intentions Have Failed to Create  Diverse Partnerships by  Russell G. Pearce and Eli Wald

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