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Cleary Gottlieb Tops Diversity Rankings

Posted Oct 10, 2007 1:10 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A new report suggests many large New York law firms are still lagging behind in terms of diversity.

Out of 74 New York firms providing information, 27 do not have any Hispanic partners, 25 do not have any African-American partners, and 21 do not have any Asian-American partners, according to a press release (PDF posted by the Wall Street Journal Law Blog).

Women are also underrepresented as partners in New York firms, concludes the report, released by a group called Law Students Building a Better Legal Profession. Morrison & Foerster has the highest percentage of female partners—23.3 percent—while Fulbright & Jaworski had the lowest percentage, at 7.1 percent.

The best marks for diversity went to Cleary Gottlieb, followed by Paul Weiss, Debevoise & Plimpton, and Orrick.

At the bottom of the list were Herrick Feinstein, Blank Rome, Pryor Cashman, and Paul Hastings, the press release says.

Law Students Building a Better Profession (profiled in an earlier ABAJournal.com post) based its report on figures provided by the law firms to the National Association for Law Placement.

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