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In Their Own Words: Minority Partners On Reaching The Top

Law360 (June 18, 2018, 7:14 PM EDT) -- Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the partnership ladder has stagnated for minority attorneys.

Attorneys of color make up 8 percent of law firm equity partners, according to Law360 data — a number that has barely budged in recent years.

As part our annual Diversity Snapshot, Law360 spoke with five minority attorneys who’ve made it not just to the partnership tier, but to top leadership positions in their firms’ governing bodies.

Their paths are all different, but a few common threads stand out.

They actively pursued leadership opportunities as young attorneys. Some heeded nudges from higher-ups when they hesitated at...

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