According to the National Association for Law Placement (NALP),”the overall percentage of women associates has decreased more often than not since 2009, and the percentage of Black/African-American associates has declined every year since 2009, except for the small increase in 2016.”
A seven year window of lackluster numbers has left many in the legal profession baffled. While most companies have bounced back since the recession, and other ethnicities (although small), have seen some gains in the industry, blacks have continue their drop with no end in sight. There are a lot of reasons for this, but unfortunately this is not unusual. African Americans in the medical and wealth management industries have also seen drops in numbers since the 80s and 90s. While some may argue that diversity is unnecessary and opportunities are equal across race, the numbers do not back this claim.
As some point a strategic plan must be put in place and committed to as an effort to create sustainable growth within the black legal community. Unfortunately for now, no plan is being developed nor hinted at. If the legal profession continues its drop, then the tensions of a racial divide in the justice system will only increase.