BigLaw Must Drop The Billable Hour To Improve Diversity

Law360 (November 5, 2020, 5:10 PM EST) -- For decades, BigLaw firms have been trying to solve their diversity problem. Diversity and inclusion committees, LGBTQ+ and women's working groups, unconscious bias trainings, and other diversity initiatives have been par for the course at the nation's largest and most elite firms for a long while.

Yet shockingly, little progress has been made. In the National Association for Law Placement's most recent report on diversity in U.S. law firms, Executive Director James Leipold noted that the gains for women and people of color in BigLaw are "at a rate so slow as to almost seem imperceptible at times."[1]

Indeed, just last...

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