Philadelphia Trails Nation in Minority Lawyer Representation

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    Philadelphia still trails the nation when it comes to representation of minority lawyers at local firms but exceeds the national average when it comes to women lawyers, according to the National Association of Law Placement’s annual diversity data.

    Nationally, NALP noted that women and minority partners continued to make small gains in their representation at law firms during 2013, and the percentage of minority associates has rebounded for the third year in a row after falling in the wake of the recession.

    But it said the percentage of women associates has eroded every year since 2010, with the net result being very small net gains in the representation of women and minority lawyers overall.

    “This is a significant historical shift, and represents a divergence in the previously parallel stories of women and minorities in large law firms,” NALP Executive James Leipold said. Read more about this story on

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