How BigLaw Is Finally Accommodating Attys With Disabilities

Law360, Chicago (August 3, 2016, 8:27 PM EDT) -- Lawyers with disabilities are an oft-neglected minority class with dismal numbers in the profession, and some law firms are trying to change that. They're launching affinity groups and broadening their recruitment horizons, but they say the crucial first step toward greater inclusion is simply airing the issue.

According to U.S. Census data, 19 percent of the population had a disability in 2010. But associates with disabilities represent about 0.39 percent of associates in law firms in the 2015-2016 National Association of Law Placement Directory of Legal Employers. Among partners, 0.3 percent reported having a disability. Those numbers have increased "only very...

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