Courting Minority Lawyers
February 16, 2004
It's tough to retain minority lawyers in Pittsburgh and other cities with low representations of minorities in law and business, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The bar association in Pittsburgh is planning an ambitious effort to increase the number of minority partners in Pittsburgh law firms. The initiative will include matching minority lawyers with senior employees who can discuss career opportunities with them.
About 5 percent of associates and just over 1 percent of partners in Pittsburgh law firms are minorities. Nationally, about 15 percent of associates are minorities. There have been similar, successful initiatives in Columbus, Ohio, and Albany, New York.