DIVERSITY CONTINUES TO BE A CHALLENGE for a legal profession that continues to lag behind its counterparts. This challenge remains even though the moral case for diversity is an obvious one and the business case for diversity has been well- established and embraced by our business counterparts across most industries.
The myriad of reasons for the lack of diversity in the legal profession are well-documented.
The history and ongoing effects of both the de jure and de facto academic and profession-
al barriers relating to race, gender and sexual orientation should not and cannot
be downplayed. Further, the natural tendency each of us has to stay within our
comfort zones and gravitate toward individuals superficially most like ourselves
(often referred to as unconscious or implicit bias) likely
plays a significant role in perpetuating the
effects of the historic and current barri-
ers to increasing diversity in the legal
profession, even as such barriers
continue to fall.
Promoting Diversity Through
By Bruce N. Hawthorne and Edward S. Harrison