The Problem With 'Optimal' Diversity

Law360 (February 19, 2019, 2:54 PM EST) -- Calls for diversity in the legal profession have reached a fever pitch. When Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP announced a recent group of new partners, all of whom were white and only one of whom was female, its press release generated a critical New York Times article[1] about the angst among some corporate counsel. No one suggested that Paul Weiss — widely acknowledged to be one of the most elite and high-performing law firms in the world — had discriminated against anyone, nor that any client had suffered as a result of any lack of diversity.

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