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 is a 371-lawyer immigration firm with its primary office in New York. Its top prize in the diversity ranking is a step in the right direction, but I must ask, where are the Black partners?

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Where are the Black Partners in Big Law?

AMERICAN LAWYER — Vivia Chen, senior columnist at The American Lawyer, wrote this week about new “unicorn” sightings in big law, and by unicorns, she means black partners. Yes, black partners are, indeed, that hard to find.

The good news is that Chen’s list of unicorns has grown some since mid-January. She makes it a point to mention that minor growth is not necessarily a win, but it is less discouraging than no growth. Who knows? Maybe big law will surprise us this year.

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