Dallas' Law Firms Are Really, Really White

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At the Dallas law firm of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Bluenthal, LLP, diversity is important. Says so right here on its website. The problem, despite boasts of being "one of the first Dallas law firms to hire women attorneys," is that it's not very good at it.

Out of 53 total attorneys and partners, three are minorities -- one Asian and two Hispanic. More, about a third, are women.

To be fair to Carrington Coleman, the firm's not exactly an outlier. Among the 19 largest firms in the city, it ranks 15th in terms of diversity on the 2013 Law Firm Diversity Report, conducted annually by the African-American, Hispanic and Asian bar associations.

According to the report, none of the firms met minority hiring goals. Only 20, or 3 percent, of a total of 799 equity partners are black, Asian, Hispanic or Native American. (Those groups comprise 16 percent of the state bar). And things are getting worse, if only slightly. The average composite diversity score for firms dropped from 49.84 out of 100 to 49.36 over the past year.

It's not that the firms aren't trying to be diverse. Most interview at minority job fairs and at majority-minority law schools, and there is a conscious effort to improve diversity. It's just not working.

"Clearly, the results are not good," Rosa Orenstein, a partner at Sullivan & Holston and chairwoman of the task force, told The Texas Lawbook. "I know the wheels of justice turn slowly, but diversity in Dallas is improving at a glacial pace."

So what's the deal? The Texas Lawbook's story suggests a combination of factors: "a slow economy, a smaller pipeline of talented young minorities going to law school and increased competition for minority lawyers by corporate legal departments and small litigation boutiques."

The report's not all bad, however. Firms do a fairly good job of hiring Native Americans, who make up 0.84 percent of attorneys, which is about on par with their representation (one percent) in the Texas population.


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Catbird
Catbird

The US Just-Us Department is Really, Really Black.

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

The owners and staff of Chinese restaurants are very very Asian.

Iola_Jaye
Iola_Jaye

The empty spaces must be filled with emptiness. 

killwhiteprivilege
killwhiteprivilege

"Evolution is real, God does not exist, but all groups evolved exactly equally! Celebrate Diversity since we are all the same!"

#ProgressiveLogic

#LibtardCreationism

killwhiteprivilege
killwhiteprivilege

The very meaning of "diversity" is "differences", but the "progressive" libtards who are always hectoring us to "celebrate diversity", like Eric Nicholson, get their panties in a wad as soon an any of the very real actual differences are pointed out to them.

According to the dogma of the "progressive" religion, "diversity" is only "skin deep".

"Celebrate Diversity, but don't you dare do anything but pretend that we are all same too." - typical "progressive logic".

killwhiteprivilege
killwhiteprivilege

Prime Pimp Prep is really really black! Do something about it, Eric Nicholson!

rusknative
rusknative

why does diversity mean ANYTHING anyway....the business is lawyering....who ever hired a lawyer based upon diversity instead of rates and competency?  Diversity is a phoney progressive stupid idea anyway......people get to make choices on preference, not on attributes or some pretend PC mission statement garbage....WHEN DOES THE USA GROW UP AND MATURE ENOUGH TO JUST LOOK FOR COMPETENCY AND SKILL INSTEAD OF SPOON FEEDING THE BOTTOM?

Cowtown
Cowtown

Prime Prep Academy will change all that. Their curriculum is second to none...

killwhiteprivilege
killwhiteprivilege

I can't wait for Eric's next big blog idea:

"Why Can't Whites Hurry Up And Die Off Already?"

killwhiteprivilege
killwhiteprivilege

The Dallas Observer is REALLY REALLY WHITE!

As far as I can tell there is only one black writer for "Unfair Park".

Dallas is almost 24% black. Why aren't 24% of the Unfair Park's libtard propaganda bloggers black, Eric?

Huh Eric???!?! WHY NOT!!!!!?????????!?$?!?

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Maybe the black attorneys are smarter than they are being given credit for.  They are the ones not living in Dallas after all.


commentator458
commentator458

Looks like that Firm's diversity policy is from 2007?!

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

And DISD is really not white - less than 8% ! The Dallas Cowboys are also not white - maybe 15%. The Dallas Observer staff is really not conservative - maybe 5%. Mary K distributors are not men - maybe less than 1%. Any other brilliant story ideas???

bobbyvdallas
bobbyvdallas

I just don't think  Dallas and maybe Texas is popular with black attorneys.  I used to work with insurance company settlements,  and when I went to cities in other states and visited law offices for work, I noticed I saw many more black attorneys than I did in Dallas.  Can't say why that was, but I defnitely noticed it. ( I noticed more in Houston too, btw)

jamessavik
jamessavik

If you want a politically correct lawyer, you could always come to Mississippi. However, most people hiring a lawyer want to win.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

There are 89000 lawyers in Texas according to the state bar and so 16% of that would be 14,000 lawyers in the "protected class".....so lets get further into the math..... How many law firms are in Texas??? Let's deal with the math side of the problem first before jumping to the equation.And then to even consider this "argument" you need to look at high school and college graduation rates

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

They chose the 20 largest. What percentage of lawyers work for the 20 largest? I didn't find the total population of lawyers or number of firms in the area listed in the report. Is it perhaps the case that these minorities avoid these large firms because it is more lucrative to be in smaller firms where they can move up quickly? Others have noted the lack of minority attorneys so if you combine these points then what do you get?

ChiliP15
ChiliP15

Sterling, Cooper, Draper. LLP.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

There are 89000 lawyers in Texas according to the state bar and so 16% of that would be 14,000 lawyers in the "protected class".....so lets get further into the math..... How many law firms are in Texas??? Let's deal with the math side of the problem first before jumping to the equation.

And then to even consider this "argument" you need to look at high school and college graduation rates

killwhiteprivilege
killwhiteprivilege

More white-guilt propaganda from wimpy Eric. Hey Eric, the USA is still over 70% white, you white-guilter wimp.

Want to know what else a lot of law firms really really are? Jewish.

Why don't you write an article complaining about that? Or is that a taboo fact, wimpy?

killwhiteprivilege
killwhiteprivilege

"Diversity" is libtard propagandist code for "less whites". Why don't you move to Gary Indiana or Detroit or Jackson, Eric?

Those cities are now almost 100% "diverse", so you and your wife and kids should absolutely love them, Eric!

rusknative
rusknative

@whateveryousay The Black Lawyers in Dallas all run for political office where they get elected because of the Democrat run electorate of Dallas County...that is why they are on school boards, in the DA office, and are judges....they are mostly failures as lawyers in the business, and went to pathetic excuses for law schools and made terrible grades...but got a law degree....and instead of EARNING A LIVING, the take to political appointee or elected route to getting hired.....Diversity is a HUGE JOKE ON WHITE AMERICA.

rusknative
rusknative

@bobbyvdallas 'The John Wiley Price, Craig Watkins template for black leadership might give you a HINT.

dsmithy3211
dsmithy3211

@JohnSmallBerries The main issue that the task force is tasked with is finding out why Biglaw has a significantly lower percentage of minority attorneys versus the Texas bar overall. See page 10 of the report.

The percentage of lawyers working for the largest 20 is irrelevant, since they were mainly concerned with Biglaw. In this case, I suppose the arbitrary cut-off for Biglaw was top-20.

The overall lack of minority attorneys is a wash, as it affects both the Texas bar and Biglaw numbers equally. Yes, 32% of the Dallas population is Hispanic, but only 8% of Dallas attorneys are Hispanic. The bigger question is: why are 8% of Dallas attorneys Hispanic, but only 4% of Biglaw attorneys are Hispanic?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@killwhiteprivilege 

you are if anything a voice of stereotypes.

law firms cannot be "Jewish". only lawyers can be.

"wimpy"? too funny.

dingo
dingo

@killwhiteprivilegeSome are only faux-jewish.

"My real name's McGill. The Jew thing I just do for the homeboys. They all want a pipe-hitting member of the tribe, so to speak." - Saul Goodman.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@killwhiteprivilege I never hear a peep out of the "Diversity Crowd" about the all Jewish Country Clubs. It doesn't bother me, but it is never brought up when Country Club Diversity is in a conversation.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@rusknative @whateveryousay You wrote that they get law degrees and then get elected to public office.  If they are getting elected to public office the majority of the voting public do not agree with your assessment. 

Running for public office is not as easy as you think. 

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

  "The percentage of lawyers working for the largest 20 is irrelevant." Its not irrelevant at all. It hardly matters what you are studying in fact! Do you folks not know how to conduct studies? 

Your response is like trumpeting a "50% increase in this rare cancer in ten years" when it turns out that only 6 people had that cancer in the previous ten years. Without statistical context, the increase is meaningless. 

If - lets say - only 30 percent of the lawyers in DFW work in the top 20 firms, then you ignore 70 percent of the field. In that case, it may be that minorities are doing better in the other 70 percent. Even if it was 50 percent the question would still stand. What if you find the attorneys of minority X are partners at - lets say - a vastly greater percentage outside of large firms as opposed to inside the large firms. If so then that is your answer, but you won't find it by conducting a narrow survey in only large firms. 

Your data may be self selecting if we don't know more about the entire universe of the data.

"why are 8% of Dallas attorneys Hispanic, but only 4% of Biglaw attorneys are Hispanic?" And you can't answer that by only by looking at so-called "big law." If the minority numbers are so high then why not go to those minority attorneys and survey them on their own? 
 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@juanmayeaux @killwhiteprivilege 

"all Jewish Country Clubs"? are you referencing the country clubs that were formed by the jewish men who were denied entrance into the existing country clubs because these men were (gasp!) Jewish?

can you name an "all Jewish Country Club"?

doublecheese
doublecheese

@juanmayeaux @killwhiteprivilege Jews are an interesting group.  They can be made either "white oppressors" or "persecuted minorities" whenever it is convenient for the person pushing an agenda.

dsmithy3211
dsmithy3211

@JohnSmallBerries Not sure what math has to do with it. Statistics, surely. But math?

But to indulge you: the null hypothesis of this analysis was that there is no difference in minority attorney representation in Biglaw versus the Texas Bar at-large. The null hypothesis was proven incorrect, at least for Hispanic and black attorneys. It's inconclusive for Native Americans due to a small sample size. 

It's all right there in the report, albeit implicitly. You just need to do the "math". 

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

@dsmithy3211
 I get the sense that you don't know much about math.

dsmithy3211
dsmithy3211

@JohnSmallBerries I get the sense that you don't know very much about the legal job market. Not that it's a bad thing, it's a very counter-intuitive market. But I'll get you started: there is a bi-modal distribution (in salary, but also in other metrics) between Biglaw (not "big law") and the rest of the legal market. This bi-modal distribution is stark (which is an understatement) and creates two de facto separate legal markets. The only market this panel was to analyze was Biglaw. The survey isn't "ignoring" the rest of the legal market, in the same sense that it isn't ignoring paralegals, process servers, police officers, and factory workers.

But go ahead and research it and feel free to rejoin the discussion.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@mavdog @juanmayeaux @killwhiteprivilege The Columbian was the Dallas’ Jewish country club. Jewish country clubs are not at all unusual, especially in the big cities to our north and east. Chicago had five, New York eight, Philadelphia eight.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@rusknative 

JCC??? it's a recreation/community center, not a county club. it has both jewish and non-jewish members. it's pre-school program has jewish and non-jewish students enrolled.

saying it comes to your "mind" says a lot about your mind....

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