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Law Firm Diversity Progress Mixed

Posted Jan 17, 2019

According to a recent National Association for Law Placement (NALP) report , law firms are doing better in representation of women, minorities, and LGBTQ associates overall, but falling short when it comes to black associates. Women now comprise 45.91% of associates, and minorities 24.22%. Representation of Asians and Hispanics in associate ranks has increased, at 11.69% and 4.71% of all associates. However, black associates make up only 4.48% of associates, lower than 2009 numbers. LGBTQ attorneys account for 3.8% of associates. Representation at the partnership level has been increasing, but at a slower rate, with minority women lagging at only 3.19% of partners. See ABA Journal, Above the Law.