May 6, 2009
Gay/lesbian recognition apparently still lagging in law firm diversity measures and efforts
The National Law Journal reports that "[s]ome of the most powerful attorneys in the profession will gather on May 6 in the New York offices of Debevoise & Plimpton to discuss a matter that has long plagued their profession: diversity, or rather the lack thereof, in the attorney ranks."
The article makes no mention of gays and lesbians, so it's unclear whether sexual orientation is included in these leaders' definition of diversity.
The NLJ's sister publication Minority Law Journal reported last week on its annual Diversity Scorecard. Although gays and lesbians are not included in the scorecard, this year for the first time MLJ attempted to gather data on gay and lesbian lawyers. "It’s worth noting, however," MLJ says, "that this data seems to be less complete than some of our other data. Some 55 firms said that either they had no openly gay or lesbian lawyers or that they did not track this information."
Data on firms with the most gay and lesbian lawyers is available on the MLJ's "Measures of Diversity" page.
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