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SOURCE Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
CHICAGO, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The latest data show that diversity remains an elusive goal for the legal profession and that growth in the number of minority lawyers has not kept pace with increases of the past. Demographic data collected from a variety of sources as of August 2012 are presented in the second annual review of the state of diversity in the legal profession, issued by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. The Review provides an in-depth look into the current state of diversity and inclusion in the profession, including scholarly essays and examples of programs and policies that have proved effective. Findings point to the fact that the profession continues to lag behind other professions in providing opportunities for inclusion to members of minority groups.
Highlights from the 2012 demographic summary include:
There are no national data on the employment of lawyers with disabilities or LGBT lawyers, beyond initial employment. Outside of law firms, the profession lacks even basic gender and ethnic breakdowns by employment category, not to mention more detailed breakdowns by title, seniority and region, or more inclusive efforts covering sexual orientation and disability status. The profession would benefit greatly from better data on the demographics of practicing lawyers.
The demographic summary was written by Review Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Chambliss, professor and director of the Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism at the University of South Carolina. Chambliss hopes that the review will stimulate further data collection and reporting throughout the profession, in an effort to better assess progress toward greater integration and inclusion.
In addition to the demographic summary, the Review includes 23 essays by academics, lawyers, and other commentators, who focus on challenges that cut across the profession in its quest for greater diversity as well as some of the unique challenges that confront different minority groups.
The IILP is hosting seminars around the country throughout the fall featuring discussion of the data and including presentations by several of the authors with a focus on local solutions and programs that meet the needs of the community. Sessions are scheduled for Oct. 8 in Los Angeles; Oct. 22 in Houston, Oct. 23 in Dallas, Oct. 25 in Seattle; Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, in New York City, and Dec. 3 in Chicago.
About the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Through its programs, projects, research, and collaborations, the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession is dedicated to improving diversity and promoting inclusion in the legal profession. IILP is a leader in supporting new approaches and inventing and testing methodologies that will lead to real change and eliminate bias in the legal field. Through comprehensive outreach and original programming, IILP works closely with legal, judicial, professional, educational and governmental institutions to help the profession advance diversity as a core value. For more information, visit the IILP at www.theiilp.com or follow on Twitter at @theiilp, or on LinkedIn and Facebook. The chair of IILP is Marc S. Firestone, senior vice president and general counsel at Philip Morris International Inc.
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