Philly Law Firms Lack Black Partners

By PW Staff
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The Philadelphia Tribune reports that the percentage of black partners at "mainstream" law firms is among the nation's lowest for big cities: "According to the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP), Philadelphia law firms have done an unquestionably substandard job of attracting talented Black attorneys and moving them up to partner/shareholder level. In fact, according to NALP’s 2008 survey of law firms in 46 cities, there were 61,572 total partners practicing law in those places, of which 5.92 percent were “minority” and just 1.68 percent were Black. ... Black partners also firmly believe the city government itself could play a much more impactful role in encouraging the creation of additional Black partners. It appears that the city has in recent years made significant outside legal expenditures, without communicating any desire that qualified firms that do work for Philadelphia should also employ Black and minority associates and partners."

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