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Many black lawyers navigate a rocky, lonely road to partner

Elizabeth Olson writes, "Jimmie L. McMillian’s path to partnership in an Indianapolis law firm might seem unexceptional — except for a few telling details.

He left behind the South Side of Chicago, where he grew up in a family troubled by domestic violence, went to college in Indiana and then earned his law degree in the state. He joined the law firm, Barnes & Thornburg, and six years ago, was promoted to partner, the legal profession’s brass ring.

But Mr. McMillian, 40, has few counterparts and even fewer role models because he is African-American. Only 5.6 percent of lawyers who hold top leadership positions at law firms are anything other than white, according to a study by the National Association for Law Placement."  READ MORE>>

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