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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Legal is getting more diverse, except at the top

black lawyer juryA record 16 percent of law firms have minority lawyers working for them, according to The Washington Post. However, minorities holding leadership positions continue to lag behind. The Minority Corporate Counsel Association says only nine percent of law firm leadership positions are held by people of color. “All these conversations and efforts are focused on diversity, but it’s just not changing at the top,” Jean Lee, president and chief executive of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, told the Post. Who’s been benefiting from years of diversity initiatives? Find out in this story from the Post.