How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys

Law360 (August 31, 2020, 9:02 PM EDT) -- This article is part of a Law360 Diversity Snapshot series of essays by five Black law firm leaders on improving diversity in BigLaw. Click here for a video featuring narrated excerpts.

Benjamin Wilson

Nobel laureate William Faulkner once wrote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past."

When I began practicing law in Atlanta in 1976, my then firm had no Black partners, associates, paralegals or staff supervisors. The leading firms were embarking on an experiment. Each hired one Black attorney. Sadly, change has been glacial.

Ten years ago, 1.77% of firm partners were Black.[1] Today, Black lawyers make up...

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