Firms taking steps to achieve real results in increasing diversity?
[I’ve been under the weather and very busy. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote. This article appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of the Philadelphia Lawyer. If anyone has any comments, I’d love to hear them].
“If you’re a minority lawyer today, chances are that you see few similar faces in your colleagues at work. In law firms and law departments nationally, an average of 9.7 percent of their attorneys are minorities. By contrast, other professions have far greater total minority representation: 20.8 percent among accountants and auditors, 24.6 percent among physicians and surgeons, and 18.2 percent among college and university teachers. Because the industries that we serve as lawyers show greater diversity than our employers, many firms are beginning to realize that having strong diversity numbers can improve client relationships and firm culture, and they are taking a number of routes to get there.”
In the article, I discuss how firms are taking steps to increase diversity. I’d be curious to see if anyone has additional comments as to what steps firms are taking to achieve real results in increasing diversity.