The Diversity Crisis: What's Wrong With This Picture?

The American Lawyer


When it comes to hiring and promoting African-American lawyers, the record is especially bleak for large law firms—and it's not getting any better, according to our exclusive Diversity Scorecard survey.

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  • Allan Theobald

    Pragmatic your analysis is not accurate. The minority children for income and education matched families still have a large performance gaps at each level. Yes poor children do worse in all groups but even among well off minorities with double college educated parents there is a very significant difference. Pragmatic to you really believe in 2014 your profession is racist?

  • Pragmatic lawyer

    if you held a 1 mile race, and for the first quarter mile one group of competitors had to carry a 50 pound bag of rocks, how many of of that group do you think would end up in the top 10 finishers? Likewise, the long term problem must be addressed beginning with early childhood and elementary education - African American disproportionately live in neighborhoods or municipalities with inferior and under funded schools - largely due to the reliance the educational system has on local jurisdiction based property taxation as the primary means of funding. Until this 50 Lb. sack of rocks is removed, the under participation will remain, and no quotas or affirmative action or similar program is going to fix it. Equal protection under the Constitution should encompass access to comparable early childhood and elementary education - but that would mean major restructure of educational funding across America.

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