Friday, November 18, 2011
Diversity in Law Firms: The Numbers for Minorities Rise Slightly. The Numbers for Women Decline Slightly
From 2009 to 2010, the overall representation of women and minorities in law firms decreased. According to the latest findings of NALP, the National Association for Legal Career Profession, the representation of minorities has increased this past year while the representation of women has declined slightly. Still these changes are far from dramatic.
The net effect was that, for lawyers as a whole, representation of women overall decreased by a tiny amount and the representation of minority women remained about flat. For minorities as a whole, representation was up slightly. Minorities now make up 12.70% of lawyers reported in the NALP Directory of Legal Employers, compared with 12.40% in 2010. Just under one-third of lawyers at these same firms are women— 32.61% in 2011 compared with 32.69% in 2010, both of these most recent years lower than the 32.97% mark reached in 2009. Minority women now account for just over 6% of lawyers at these firms — 6.23% in 2011, comparable to the 6.20% figure for 2010, and lower than the 6.33% figure for 2009.