Despite progress in recruitment of diverse attorneys, attrition & promotion at law firms still bleak

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Mar 10, 2016

    From The Minority Corporate Counsel Association: "The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and Vault.com have released a detailed report highlighting the results of a national survey that shows some gains for minority and women attorneys in law firms but there remain stark and disappointing contrasts between diverse attorneys and their white counterparts. The annual Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey (mcca.vault.com) is the legal industry’s most comprehensive tool for measuring law firm diversity, collecting data on race, ethnicity, gender, GLBT identity, and disability status.  

    'We applaud the diversity and inclusion progress and leadership of the stand-out law firms in the survey, but, looking at the numbers reported in 2015, it is clear that there is still much work to be done,' said Michelle Banks, Chair of MCCA’s Board of Directors. 'Since the beginning of our partnership with Vault, we have seen positive change in the diversity of our nation’s top law firms, and proactive measures from firms to be more inclusive at the hiring stage,' said Aracely Muñoz Petrich, Vice President of Strategic Development for MCCA.  'Despite these measures, the attrition and promotion rates for many minority attorneys are disappointing and need to be addressed.'

    'The declining numbers among African American attorneys and the slow rate at which lawyers of color are advancing to partnership are of particular concern,' added Vera Djordjevich, Director of Research & Consulting for Vault."

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    Released: March 10, 2016, 11:17 am | Updated: March 10, 2016, 11:17 am
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