Are clients with ‘Black-sounding’ names underserved?

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 50 percent more replies than those with Black-sounding names. However, in a follow-up study conducted in Florida, Libgober found no evidence that lawyers were considering perceived race to determine whether or not to return calls.

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