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Law firms hire more minorities, but setbacks continue

The head of the NALP calls the consistently minor gains a “red flag” for legal firms and law schools

While more law firms continue to make small strides as far as hiring more minorities, the head of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) calls the consistently minor gains a “red flag” for legal firms and law schools.

In 2013, minorities made up 13.36 percent of law firm lawyers, a slight increase from last year (12.91 percent) — and a full recovery from numbers reflected during the economic downturn, according to the latest law firm demographic findings from NALP. Given that the percentage of women associates has eroded every year since 2010, the upshot is very small net gains in the representation of women and minority lawyers overall.

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