Plus Ca Change, Plus C'Est La Meme Chose: The Representation of People of Color (and Women) in Boston Law Firms

Boston Bar Journal, Vol. 50, November/December 2006

Suffolk University Law School Research Paper Series

2 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2007  

Renee M. Landers

Suffolk University Law School

Abstract

In this short article the author analyzes the reasons why increased representation of people of color and women among law school graduates has not been matched by proportional increases in the representation of women and people of color in the ranks of large law firm partners in Boston and nationally. The article attributes this lack of progress to the factors identified in the recent report of the ABA Commission on Women on the situation of women of color in law firms and to other deeply imbedded structural and economic practices of firms, such as the highly leveraged structures and the ever rising demand for billable hours. Pipeline issues may further impede progress of lawyers of color. The article concludes by challenging law firms to realize the investment they have made in diversity programs and in recruiting and training associates by examining assumptions about law firm cultures and practices that erect barriers to the achievement of women and people of color.

Suggested Citation

Landers, Renee M., Plus Ca Change, Plus C'Est La Meme Chose: The Representation of People of Color (and Women) in Boston Law Firms. Boston Bar Journal, Vol. 50, November/December 2006; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper Series. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=977240

Renee M. Landers (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

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