Panel Urges Big Reforms to Boost Law Firm Diversity

, The Am Law Daily

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Speakers at an event hosted by Mayer Brown in New York said that structural changes are needed to bring more women and minorities into positions of power.

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  • DW

    Respectfully, diversity is more than just race and gender. The whole point of diversity policies are to recognize the value in those from historically marginalized and underrepresented groups. The ABA found last year that less than one-third of one percent of partners and associates were disabled. How can this happen when 20% of the population have a disability? Attorneys with disabilities are by far the largest minority group with the lowest representation and the highest unemployment rate, which makes it a crisis in hiring by any definition. I strongly urge diversity officers to make persons with disabilities part of the diversity conversation.

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