“Their recruiting departments are probably pretty well educated on this already. It’s more of a matter of convincing partners.”
The ABA is apparently fully on board with the left’s ‘diversity’ push.
Bloomberg Law reports:
ABA Pushes Big Law on Diversity With Recruiting Guidance
The American Bar Association’s push to boost diversity by having law firms look beyond grade point average and class rank is a challenge for laggards to act.
“Law firms are actually aware” of the need to go beyond GPA and class rank, said Nikia Gray, executive director of the National Association for Law Placement. “Their recruiting departments are probably pretty well educated on this already. It’s more of a matter of convincing partners.”
The ABA said in its Aug. 7 report that “by urging law firms to adopt a holistic evaluation approach that looks beyond GPA and class rank, the ABA can contribute to the development of a more diverse and innovative workforce in the legal field.”
The report comes nearly six weeks after the US Supreme Court effectively barred universities from using race as a factor in admissions. Republican attorneys general followed the decision by telling Fortune 100 CEOs in a July 13 letter that they should reassess diversity goals. Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton sent law firms a similar letter July 17.
The ABA guidance, while encouraging firms to act, also gives them a defense against the criticism that they are focusing too much on diversity, equity and inclusion, advocates of the resolution said.
Law firms have struggled to diversify their ranks. While women of color made up almost 17% of associates last year, they comprised less than 5% of partners, NALP’s 2022 diversity report, a survey of roughly 150 firms, showed.
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