Every year we ask law firms about their diversity efforts. Then we ask associates how effective they are...
We asked associates to rate their firm on its efforts to recruit diverse associates, the firm's inclusivity training, the mentoring from diverse role models, how diverse staffing is on teams, and efforts to retain diverse lawyers. The firms listed here are those demonstrating excellent performance.
... and which firms are leading on the numbers?
Cooley LLP leads the tabgle for hiring female associates (56.5%), closely followed by a cluster all at 55% and over: Goulston & Storrs, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Crowell & Moring, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Jenner & Block leads the BigLaw pack for hiring LGBT associates, at 12.7%.
Remember: the figures only tell one part of the story. Our associate interviews reveal the firms' attitudes and efforts to address this profession-wide problem. Many of these initiatives aren't yet reflected in the numbers, but definitely merit some nuanced analysis in the Inside View.
Diversity headlines this year:
The 1,315,000 licensed lawyers in the US are split 64% men and 36% women
Women make up only 18% of law firm equity partners
Lawyers of color make up only 8% of law firm equity partners; ethnic minorities represent 27.6% of the US population
On average, female lawyers make 89.7% of male lawyers’ salary
100% of firms reported that their highest paid US partner was male
On average, women make up 22% of firms’ highest governance committees – 6% higher than in 2006
As of 2010, 88% of all lawyers in the US are white
Representation of Black/African-American attorneys still remains below its 2009 high of 4.66%, now at 4.11%
At partnership level, minority women continue to be the most under-represented at 2.76%
Currently, three out of the eight Justices serving on the Supreme Court are women
The overall percentage of openly LGBT lawyers increased from 2.34% in 2015 to 2.48% in 2016