I recently joined leaders across our profession at a meeting to address diversity in the legal profession. The nation's lawyers play a vital role in protecting the rights of individuals across society. To succeed, our profession needs to reflect the diversity of the country we serve.
Yet legal diversity has been moving forward at a pace that more closely resembles a glacier than a racecar. For example, women still account for less than 20 percent and minorities only about 6 percent of the partners in the nation's large law firms.