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BigLaw Firm Criticized for Lack of Diversity is Now No. 1 for Black Lawyers, New Report Says

By on April 3, 2019 in Employment, Law Firm Management

Employment - hiringPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison took a hit on social media in December when a partnership promotion photo appeared to show just one woman and 11 white men.

The ABA Journal points out that the law firm later said the partnership class actually included one woman, one Latino and one LGBTQ partner, making it 25% diverse.

Now a new report released by the nonprofit group Lawyers of Color shows Paul Weiss with the highest percentage of black lawyers out of 400 law firms surveyed. The report says 8.27 percent of Paul Weiss’ lawyers are black. The average of black lawyers across the 400 firms surveyed was 3.2 percent.

Read the ABA Journal article.

 

 

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