Friday, April 6, 2007
Posted by Alan Childress
Renee Landers (Suffolk--Law), right, has posted to SSRN her article, "Pluc Ca Change, Plus C'est La Meme Chose: The Representation of People of Color (and Women) in Boston Law Firms." It is also in 50 Boston Bar Journal 15 (Nov./Dec. 2006), and her abstract is:
In this short article the author analyzes the reasons why increased representation of people of color and women among law school graduates has not been matched by proportional increases in the representation of women and people of color in the ranks of large law firm partners in Boston and nationally. The article attributes this lack of progress to the factors identified in the recent report of the ABA Commission on Women on the situation of women of color in law firms and to other deeply imbedded structural and economic practices of firms, such as the highly leveraged structures and the ever rising demand for billable hours. Pipeline issues may further impede progress of lawyers of color.
The article concludes by challenging law firms to realize the investment they have made in diversity programs and in recruiting and training associates by examining assumptions about law firm cultures and practices that erect barriers to the achievement of women and people of color.
Update: while perusing the Suffolk website, I came across this announcement of new hiring coups, featuring our own Jeff Lipshaw. Oddly, it does not mention either his available vacation rental home in partial Michigan, or even the nearby bigger house one can rent as a better deal especially when subsidized by Jeff and Alene. But the school otherwise seems proud to have snagged him.