Paul L. Caron

Sunday, November 8, 2020

NYC Bar: Six Actions To Pipeline Black And Hispanic/Latinx Students Into Law

New York Law Journal, NYC Bar Issues Report Setting Out 6 Actions to Pipeline Black and Hispanic/Latinx Students Into Law:

New York City Bar LogoOn the heels of a 2019 report laying out “failures” and breaches in area nonprofit student-pipeline programs aimed at bringing more racial minorities into the legal profession, the New York City Bar Association has issued a new report setting forth six intended actions to increase the effectiveness of the pipeline system for Black and Hispanic/Latinx aspiring lawyers.

The new research report, prepared by an independent consultant who conducted some 50 hours of interviews with Black and Hispanic/Latinx law students and lawyers and who surveyed 675 diversity-pipeline program participants, recommends actions be taken ranging from increasing awareness of pipeline programs for Black and Latinx/Hispanic students to encouraging high schools, undergraduate schools and law schools to develop seminars aimed at acclimating Black and Hispanic/Latinx students to law school before they begin their first years.

Research consultant Ashley Bernal, who authored the 19-page report for the bar association’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, writes that past research showed that while there had been “slow ascension to leadership and elevated attrition rates for racial minorities and white women, more troubling is the failure of the [mostly nonprofit-centered] pipeline [programs] into the profession to promote diversity, which directly impacts the pool of talent considered for law firm leadership.”

Law360, NYC Bar Says Pipeline Programs Need Black, Latino People

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