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3 Ways Law Firms Sabotage Their Own Diversity Efforts

Law360, Grand Rapids (October 19, 2017, 12:20 PM EDT) -- Elite law firms often value traits that have nothing to do with a lawyer’s competence and instead relate to their ability to fit in at the firm — a phenomenon researchers say is killing diversity and maintaining the status quo in law firm partnerships.

Diversity among equity partners in U.S. law firms has barely budged over the past decade. While 39 percent of the U.S. population are minorities and 51 percent are women — and law school populations largely reflect those same figures — just 8 percent of equity partners in law firms are nonwhite and 20 percent are women....

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