For Many, 'Getting A Lawyer While Black' Means No Reply

Law360 (June 5, 2019, 4:06 PM EDT) -- Lawyers are twice as likely to respond to a prospective client's request for representation if that person has a white-sounding name than if they have a black-sounding name, according to a new academic research paper.

When researchers sent identical cold emails to criminal defense lawyers in California requesting representation for a drunken driving case, the attorneys responded to 40% of prospective clients named Brad or Laurie McCarthy and only replied to 19% of those named Darnell or Latoya Jackson.

The results of the research by Yale University political science lecturer Brian Libgober were highlighted in a new paper, "Getting a Lawyer...

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