US diversity scorecard stabilizes in 2010

The Am Law Daily has completed its Diversity Scorecard for 2010, showing a 0.2 per cent increase in the proportion of minority lawyers at big firms, to 13.9 percent. While 0.2 per cent is an unimpressive gain by any standards, the figures have been welcomed as representing a halt to the decline seen in last year’s statistics. Last year was in fact the first time that diversity dropped in the ten years since the survey began. Last year’s fall in diversity came after large law firms responded to the recession by shedding 6 per cent of their lawyers, including 9 percent of their minority lawyers. This year, the top firms decreased their overall headcount in US offices by 359 lawyers, but they increased their minority headcount by 136.

US diversity scorecard stabilizes in 2010 Fri, Jun 10, 2011