The Diversity Crisis: Big Firms' Continuing Failure Julie Triedman, The American Lawyer May 29, 2014 | 3 Comments share share by mail share on linkedin Facebook share on twitter share on google+ Share With Email Send Thank you for sharing! Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. print reprints Large firms have long lagged in matters of diversity, and their record on hiring and promoting African-Americans is especially bleak. Why have firms fallen so short, and what can be done about it? Sign up for a free digital membership and get great benefits like: Already Registered? Sign In now 5 free articles* every 30 days, from other ALM publications Exclusive discounts on ALM events and products The American Lawyer digital newsletter, plus your choice of more than 30 digital newsletters Access on the device of your choice: smartphone, tablet, or desktop Unlimited free access to Corporate Counsel and Law Technology News online Create Account with LinkedIn Register Now *May exclude premium content VIEW COMMENTS ( 3 ) ADD COMMENT What's being said Sign In Terms & Conditions Anonymous Jun 02, 2014 Try being a Native American attorney. I can‘t get an associate position with 6 years of government service, two law degrees and five years on the Hill. Dave Clerie May 29, 2014 Actually, this article is really on point. As a black man who always worked for large marketing firms, I was always the only black person who mingled with everyone regardless of their positions. My personality helped me to develop more business that my white colleagues were unable to do and upper management were always pleased with my service and networking skills. I will continue to conduct myself in the same manner when I will be an attorney in 2017. If more black persons were more trying to network with their colleagues and outside of their office, it would make them more likeable. I volunteer for large non-profit organizations and the black lawyers I see don‘t mingle at all with their colleagues. It is really sad but black associates should start to mingle with everyone regarding of their ethnicity background. Allan Theobald May 29, 2014 Without affirmative action you would see the same types of numbers at the top law schools. There is no affirmative action in private law firms. Why are you unwilling to state the obvious truth. Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here. Preparing comment abuse report for Article# 1202656372552 Send Thank you! This article's comments will be reviewed.