BAL ranks second in the top 100 U.S. law firms for minority attorneys, according to Law360’s 2016 Diversity Snapshot.
Law360 states that at BAL and the other top four firms, at least 30 percent of nonpartners are minorities, and at least 20 percent of partners are minorities. According to Law360, the firms on the list have made some headway in shaking up a stubbornly bleak picture of diversity in the legal industry. The rankings indicate that many firms continue to struggle to recruit and retain minority attorneys, despite the fact that the percentage of minorities attending elite law schools hovers around 30 percent, according to data compiled by the American Bar Association.
Carol Mays, Chief Operating Officer at BAL, stated: “We have a successful strategy for hiring the best talent across the globe and strongly believe many different backgrounds and perspectives provide better solutions and make us stronger as a firm.”
Law360 surveyed over 300 U.S. firms about their overall and minority headcount numbers as of Dec. 31, 2015. Only U.S.-based attorneys were included in the survey. Firms are ranked based on three factors: the percentage of partners, both equity and nonequity, who self-identify as minorities; the percentage of nonpartners who self-identify as minorities; and the number of attorneys at the firm who self-identify as minorities.
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