CHICAGO, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP") has released its 2017 Review on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession. The Review provides:
- Compilation and analysis of the most current statistics on diversity in the profession;
- 30 articles examining different aspects of diversity issues within the profession, offering practical tips, real world insights, and in-depth analysis of the diversity within diversity; and,
- Highlights on the most promising strategies and programs to advance diversity from across the US.
Findings include: Consistent with earlier analyses, the legal profession continues to lag behind other professions. Progress for different groups varies: African American representation among lawyers has increased incrementally, from an average of 4.3% to 4.8% between 2013 and 2015 while Hispanic representation increased from an average of 3.6% to an average of 5.3%. Asian American representation has remained around 4.8%. During the same time period, women's representation has increased marginally, from 33.1% to an average of 33.5%.
Articles in the new Review cover topics including:
- The impact that the disproportionate numbers of African American men who are incarcerated is having on the legal profession;
- Undocumented J.D.s;
- Asian Americans and Civil Rights;
- Generational differences among LGBT lawyers;
- Invisible and hidden disabilities among lawyers;
- New models to advance a new generation of women lawyers; and,
- Engaging straight, white men in diversity and inclusion efforts.
In conjunction with the publication of the Review, IILP will be convening Symposia on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession in Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC. Dates will be posted as available at www.TheIILP.com/calendar.
About the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Through programs, projects, and research, the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession promotes diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. IILP advances new approaches and invents/tests methodologies that will lead to real change and eliminate bias in the legal field. For more information, visit IILP's website; or follow on Twitter at @theiilp, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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