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Explore The History of the Black Vote

“NBC News has assembled for the first time a record of the black vote for each competitive Democratic presidential campaign since exit polling began.” According to NBC News, Black voters are likely to account for at least 25% of all … Continue reading

C-level diversity officers tackle diversity in law firms

The American Lawyer sat down with five law firm diversity executives to ask them about the current events and diversity-related trends they see on the job. These C-level executives include Fenimore Fisher of DLA Piper, Yusuf Zakir of Holland & … Continue reading

Judge Orders Psych Eval for Officer who killed Alton Sterling

A Louisiana judge has ordered the city of Baton Rouge to release the psychological evaluation that was used in the hiring of officer Blane Salamoni, who shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling in front of a convenience store in 2016. … Continue reading

Cyntoia Brown walks free after serving 15 years of a life sentence

Cyntoia Brown has been released on parole after serving 15 years in prison. Brown was 16 years old when she was sentenced to life in prison for killing a 43-year-old man whom she said had hired her for sex. Though … Continue reading

Charges dropped against Alabama mom whose unborn child died during shooting

An Alabama district attorney dismissed all charges against a mother who was charged with manslaughter following a shooting that resulted in her unborn child’s death. Jones’ attorney Mark White said in a statement that the case was “neither reasonable nor … Continue reading

P&G’s new ad addresses implicit racial bias against Black men

P&G continues to address uncomfortable conversations with, “The Look,” a new ad confronting implicit racial bias against black men. This is not the first time P&G has tackled racism through its marketing campaigns. ‘The Look’ follows ‘The Talk’ which shows … Continue reading

ABA Men of Color Project hosts first summit

More than 100 men from all racial backgrounds came together at the first-ever summit held by the American Bar Association dealing with the experience of being a minority in the legal profession. David Morrow, co-founder of the Men of Color … Continue reading

New bill requires felons to pay fees before they can vote

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would make people with felonies pay all of their fines before they are allowed to vote again. The amendment officially went into effect in January of 2019 and allows people convicted of … Continue reading

Are clients with ‘Black-sounding’ names underserved?

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A study conducted by Yale University lecturer Brian Libgober revealed that clients with Black-sounding names are less likely to get a response from lawyers in states with less legal competition. Libgober’s California study found that clients with white-sounding names received … Continue reading

Where are the Black partners in big law?

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According to The American Lawyer’s recently released Diversity Scorecard, the firm with the highest percentage of minority attorneys and partners — 32.5% and 23.9%, respectively — also has zero Black partners. Let that marinate. Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy … Continue reading