Attorneys of Color

69 ABA Journal Attorneys of Color articles.

How law firms reacted to racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic
Nearly three-fourths of surveyed law firms launched new programs to address racial injustice after Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the death of George Floyd last year, according to a new study.
Diversity ‘bottleneck’ and minority attrition keep firm leadership ranks white and male, new ABA survey says
More minorities are getting hired as associates, but law firm leadership is mostly white and male because of a diversity “bottleneck” and higher rates of minority attrition, according to an ABA survey report released Tuesday.
This judge is getting mentioned as Merrick Garland’s likely replacement, possible future SCOTUS nominee
U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of Washington, D.C., is a leading contender to replace Judge Merrick Garland and a possible future nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a Washington Post commentary.
Female and minority lawyer representation in firms reaches historic highs, but gains are small, new report says
Progress is slow for law firms seeking to increase representation of female and minority lawyers, according to a new report by the National Association for Law Placement.
NYU law prof Deborah Archer is ACLU’s new board president; fight for racial justice expected to be a priority
A professor at the New York University School of Law with expertise in civil rights has been elected as the national board president of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Coca-Cola general counsel gets tough with law firms that fail to meet diversity goals
Law firm diversity scorecards, committees, summits and action plans aren’t working, according to Coca-Cola general counsel Bradley M. Gayton.
Top 5 Your Voice columns of 2020

From what law students can learn from the musical Hamilton to tips on marketing your practice during the pandemic, the ABA Journal’s Your Voice section hosted a number of fascinating columns in 2020.

Meet 14 ABA members who inspired us in 2020

Throughout the year, the ABA Journal profiles exceptional ABA members in its Members Who Inspire series. In 2020, we featured attorneys from across the country whose important and influential work includes using visual storytelling for legal advocacy, bringing attention to the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women, and combating racial injustice and inequity.

Black woman is appointed to lead BigLaw firm as other firms ramp up diversity goals
The new global CEO and U.S. chair of Norton Rose Fulbright is the first woman of color to be in those positions at the law firm and the only woman of color to lead a top 200 grossing law firm in the United States, according to the firm.
Law prof finds ways to connect remotely amid historic election and COVID-19 restrictions

April Dawson, an associate dean and professor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law, has been finding creative ways to use technology in the classroom, even before the pandemic, and she says the experience helped her connect with students.

Who are some of the lawyers serving on Biden’s agency review teams?

Of the 500-plus individuals appointed to President-elect Joe Biden’s agency review teams, over 150 are lawyers. The agency review teams are also some of the most diverse in history.

Ex-partner’s bias suit alleges he was told Black lawyers left because they can’t handle BigLaw
A former Black partner at K&L Gates alleges in a lawsuit that he was terminated for his complaints about discrimination and then harassed by private investigators hired by the law firm.
Biden has pledged to nominate a black female SCOTUS justice—who are the possibilities?
President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to nominate the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court if he gets a chance to make a nomination.
How many tenured law professors are Black? Public data does not say
University of Chicago Law School celebrates Earl Dickerson’s legacy as a civil rights lawyer and activist

Earl B. Dickerson’s name may not be well known to the public, but the civil rights lawyer lived a larger-than-life existence. Now, scholars, relatives and activists are marking the 100th anniversary of his 1920 graduation from the University of Chicago Law School in celebration of his becoming the first African American to receive a juris doctor.

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