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Attorneys of Color

91 ABA Journal Attorneys of Color articles.

Bias suit by former BigLaw associate claims retaliation caused ‘drastic drops’ in his billable hours

A black former associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell has filed a lawsuit alleging that the law firm gave him so little work after he complained about racial bias that he billed only 5.9 hours over a three-month period.

Inclusion illusion: Diversity’s pain point

Instead of feeling like valued employees, women and lawyers of color often feel like “diversity props” or window dressing—tokens of diversity but without the inclusion.

The ethics argument for promoting equality in the profession

Recognizing a lawyer’s ethical obligation to promote diversity bridges the gap between the moral case for diversity and the business case for diversity. It invokes shared values and professional responsibility. To establish that, we have the obligation and the agency to pursue liberty and justice for all, within and outside our practices.

Afternoon Briefs: Jurors award $8B in Rispderdal case; most minority partners have nonequity status

Jurors award $8B in punitive damages in Risperdal case

Jurors in Philadelphia found Johnson & Johnson liable for $8 billion in punitive damages Tuesday in a case brought by a…

8 ways to enhance workplace inclusivity through physical space and design

While it’s not far-fetched to speculate that changing office temperatures more than a few degrees in either direction could turn the thermostat into courtroom evidence, have entities that are committed to inclusion in the workplace considered whether a rise from 70 to 72 degrees might be enough to keep everyone more comfortable and increase overall productivity?

Retired appeals court chief justice receives lifesaving gift from former colleague

The retired chief justice of the 5th Court of Appeals in Texas has received an extraordinary gift from a former colleague.

14 ways to discuss diversity in your law firm

Dallas lawyer Sara E. Inman has seen the topic of race make even the most confident attorneys squirm. A law firm cannot reach the goal of diversifying if attorneys in the office are uncomfortable talking about diversity past the surface level.

Afternoon Briefs: Ex-White House counsel acquitted; lawyer pleads guilty in alleged attack on colleague

Former White House counsel is acquitted on false-statement charge

Federal jurors on Wednesday acquitted former White House counsel Greg Craig on a charge of making false statements to the government…

Facebook recognizes diversity efforts of outside counsel with award to Kilpatrick Townsend

Facebook has tapped Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton for its first Law Firm Diversity Champion Award.

Would-be clients with white-sounding names got 50% more lawyer responses in California, report says

Lawyers in markets with less competition might be more likely to racially discriminate against clients seeking legal representation, a Yale researcher has concluded.

Yale University lecturer and postdoctoral associate

Law firm 2019 diversity scorecard is released; which firms top the list?

The immigration law firm Fragomen has ousted White & Case from its position atop the American Lawyer’s diversity scorecard rankings.

Fifty-five of the nation’s largest law firms had at least…

Groping, extortion, litigation-funder fraud among claims in dueling suits by law firm, ex-partner

Updated: A court fight between Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht and one of its former partners is airing allegations of financial misconduct, sexual assault, masturbation, retaliation and a $65…

Attorney who does pro bono for inmates is new Miss USA

A 27-year-old North Carolina litigation attorney who handles pro bono work for inmates was crowned the new Miss USA on Thursday.

Former federal prosecutor makes history as Chicago’s first black female and openly gay mayor

A former federal prosecutor who was an equity partner at Mayer Brown has been elected the new mayor of Chicago in a landslide victory against her runoff opponent.

A “kickass…

BigLaw firm criticized for lack of diversity is now No. 1 for black lawyers, new report says

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison took a hit on social media in December when a partnership promotion photo appeared to show just one woman and 11 white men. Now, the firm is finding vindication in a recent report by the nonprofit Lawyers of Color.

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