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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Henderson:  Solving The Legal Profession's Diversity Problem

William D. Henderson (Indiana), Solving the Legal Profession's Diversity Problem (blogged here):

Among both diverse and white lawyers, there is a widespread perception that the legal profession's lack of diversity is due to a lack of moral resolve. As a result, each successive generation of leadership pledges to deepen its level of commitment. This article argues that the lack of progress is attributable to a systems problem rather than a moral deficit.

A careful examination of relevant data reveal that the biggest areas of bottleneck are hiring, work allocation, and lawyer development systems that are rooted in tradition and past practice and rather than science. The evidence suggests that if we design and implement better systems, out the other side will flow successful diverse lawyers in roughly the same proportion as the number we managed to hire several years earlier.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/03/hendersonsolving-the-legal-professions-diversity-problem.html

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Comments

"Among both diverse and white lawyers, there is a widespread perception that the legal profession's lack of diversity is due to a lack of moral resolve. As a result, each successive generation of leadership pledges to deepen its level of commitment."

What a completely incorrect statement. Only academics perceive lack of diversity as a problem. Law firms pay a huge amount of lip service to prioritizing diversity, but I don't believe they really care that much one way or the other. At the end of the day, their sole focus is dollars. The AMLAW 50 firm I worked for has 1 black partner out of 300+. How can you possibly state that an organization like that cares about promoting diversity the same way a University does? This is just another priceless example of liberal academics assuming other people think the way they do.

Posted by: JM | Mar 24, 2016 7:11:41 AM

Individuals should make the decision of where they would like to pursue careers, without regard to assumed social policies. It seems presumptuous to tell people with different socioeconomic backgrounds that they should want the same things.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Mar 24, 2016 8:34:02 AM