2016 diversity benchmarking report

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Nov 13, 2017

    From the New York City Bar: "For more than a decade, the City Bar benchmarking research has illustrated enhanced diversity efforts in firms as well as overall incremental gains for women and minority attorneys. However, it has also recorded elevated attrition rates of both women and minorities, and a significant subset of law firms still without any minority and women attorneys in firm or department leadership roles.

    With regard to overall representation and hiring, the 2016 benchmarking data remains relatively consistent with the results reported in 2015. We further examined the status of women and minority attorneys in the 71 firms that participated in both the 2015 and 2016 benchmarking surveys and performed statistical comparisons on representation, leadership, and hiring. The data did reflect changes in leadership metrics in 2016, including a significant increase of women and minority representation on management committees, as well as notable increases in LGBT attorney selfreporting. Despite these advances, racial/ethnic diversity at the partner level, erosion in the associate pipeline, and voluntary attrition remain challenges.

    Highlights of the research include:

    • Women and minority attorneys made gains in leadership bodies, with the percentage of women serving on management committees increasing to 23.6% from 20.3% in 2015 and the percentage of minorities serving on management committees increasing to 9.4% from 7.1% in 2015. The percentage of law firms with three or more women attorneys on the management committee increased from 24% in 2014 to 41% in 2016, and the percentage of law firms with three or more minority attorneys on the management committee more than doubled from 7% in 2014 to 18% in 2016.

    • Still, nearly half of signatory firms have no racial/ethnic minorities on their management committees and more than one-third have no minority practice group heads."

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    Released: November 13, 2017, 11:19 am
    Keywords: NAWL News


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