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The Changing Face of Clients

Paul Lippe wrote an interesting piece on March 31, 2010 that was posted on The AmLaw Daily in which he argued that a major aspect of firms' challenges nowadays are based on the ever-increasing lacuna between firms and their clients. Lippe compares this with the almost incestuous firm/big business...

Which New Attorneys are Hit Hardest by Layoffs?

With all of the changes that have resulted from the great economic recession of 2008, no one has been affected more than minorities. As mentioned in Part 2 of this series, between 2008 and 2009, big firms cut 6 percent of their attorney workforce; however, in that same time period minority representation...

Similarities Between Kentucky Country Clubs and Boston Law Firms

Comparing the number of black members at Kentucky's private clubs versus Boston's major law firms. The results may surprise you. In a post last month, I compared the opportunity gap for women at major law firms in New York and San Francisco with the gap for women at Walmart, which is being...

Some Law Firms Receive Failing Grade on Diversity Report Card

The American Lawyer's 2010 Diversity Scorecard revealed sobering news for diversity advocates. For the first time in the nine years that the publication has been keeping tabs, the overall percentage of minority attorneys at 202 of the nation's largest and highest grossing firms went down instead...

Some Law Firms Receive Failing Grade on Diversity Report Card

The American Lawyer's 2010 Diversity Scorecard revealed sobering news for diversity advocates. For the first time in the nine years that the publication has been keeping tabs, the overall percentage of minority attorneys at 202 of the nation's largest and highest grossing firms went down instead...

Some Firms Increased Diversity Despite Layoffs

In this series, we focus on the actors and ideas in the legal profession that are making a difference through innovative effective ideas. All this talk about the problems of the workforce can be a little disheartening. After last week's look at the unprecedented decline in law firm diversity in 2009...

Vault Releases 2011 Law Firm Diversity Rankings

In the survey, associates were asked to rate their firm's commitment to the recruiting, retention, and promotion of Women, Minority and GLBT attorneys. Vault's diversity rankings are unique in that it is the law firm associates themselves who rate their employer's commitment to a diverse...

Researching Diversity Before an Interview: The Case for Considering Diversity

As many law students gear up for early-interview season, now is a good time to revisit the importance of researching firms' diversity records. In a follow-up to this post, we will offer some helpful tips and tools for getting past the publicity photos and down to the facts. First, a note on the...

ABA President Carolyn Lamm Discusses Next Steps to Achieving a More Diverse Legal Profession

By Vera Djordjevich On July 30, 2010, Vault and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association ( MCCA ) held their 5th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. More than 1,000 law students and lateral associates registered for the event, where hiring partners and...

Outgoing ABA President Discusses Next Steps to Achieving a More Diverse Legal Profession

At the 5th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair sponsored by Vault.com and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association ( MCCA ), outgoing ABA President Carolynn Lamm discussed diversity in the legal profession with Vault.com's Vera Djordjevich. The following is an excerpt of the interview: VAULT...

Researching Diversity Before an Interview: Tips and Tools for the Discerning Job-Seeker

As many law students gear up for early-interview season, now is a good time to revisit the process of researching firms' diversity records. In an earlier post, we explored the importance of looking into a firm's record on diversity and inclusion (See Researching Diversity Before an Interview...

Statistics Reveal That Minority Lawyers Greatly Affected By Recession Cutbacks; Women Make Gains as Partners

VAULT.COM AND MCCA RELEASE LATEST LAW FIRM DIVERSITY SURVEY RESULTS Vault.com, the source of employer rankings, ratings and insight in the law industry, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), the nation's foremost authority on diversity issues in the legal profession, have released...

Improving Diversity in the Legal Profession

Margaret Montoya, Professor of Law, University of New Mexico Law School discusses ways to make the legal profession more diverse in this Lexis Hub Videocast. Follow this link to launch video. Professor Montoya is the Advisor to the Executive Vice President, Health Services Center at the University...

Vault's Legal Diversity Career Fair

Registration is now open for Vault's Legal Diversity Career Fair. Hollywood, get ready because Vault is heading your way this July. We're also setting up camp in the land of khakis and politics. That's right, the Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair is back for its sixth year, and this...

Vault's 2012 Best Law Firms for Diversity

Diversity: many candidates seek it, many clients demand it and many law firms tout it. But which firms are delivering when it comes to recruitment and retention of diverse candidates? At the sixth annual Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair this past Friday, Vault revealed the results of its diversity...

VAULT.COM RELEASES 2012 LAW FIRM DIVERSITY RANKINGS

CARLTON FIELDS TOPS DIVERSITY RANKINGS FOR WOMEN AND MINORITIES - REIGNS AS TOP FIRM FOR OVERALL DIVERSITY Vault.com has released its 2012 Law Firm Diversity Rankings, and the more things change, the more they stay the same. For the third straight year, Carlton Fields has claimed the No. 1 spot...

The Impact of Diversity on the Legal Profession

"Diversity is a very critical element of our society," said Robert J. Grey, Jr.-a partner at law firm Hunton & Williams -during a keynote speech at the 6 th Annual Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair , held on Friday, July 29, 2011 in Washington, D.C. In discussing his path to Washington...

Shaping the Tributary: The Why, What, and How of Pipeline Programs to Increase Diversity in Legal Education and the Legal Profession

By Laura Rothstein The goal of the Pipeline Models Conference, hosted at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, was to provide an understanding of the diversity pipeline, to expand awareness of the array of program models, to expand the portfolio of practical tools for program development...