Building a Better Legal Profession :: The Old Blog

November 3, 2007, 8:33 am
Filed under: Law reform

we’ve officially arrived. we have our own wikipedia page.

check it out. add your own information.


Which firms get an F for diversity?
October 29, 2007, 9:28 am
Filed under: Law reform

Find out here, thanks to Diversity, Inc.:

Stanford law students are fed up with the lack of diversity within the legal profession. What are they doing about it? Does affirmative action work at law firms? Read this to find out.

Diversity, Inc., a magazine and website which covers issues involving race and employment just sent out an e-mail to all of their subscribers encouraging them to check us out. Wonderful!

Googlers: Looking for our new site?
October 29, 2007, 9:17 am
Filed under: Law reform

Over the weekend, we moved our rankings to a new and vastly improved website, which is housed at Since the site is brand new, there aren’t enough incoming links to it for the website to show up when you type the name of our organization into Google. If you were searching for us online, you probably ended up here instead. Anyway, click on the link above to see all of information. Thanks!

Cited in the Associated Press
October 28, 2007, 7:18 pm
Filed under: Blogroll

Well, we’re quickly becoming the industry standard for ranking law firms by demographic diversity. We were cited in today’s Associated Press article on the lack of black lawyers appearing before the Supreme Court:

Coming soon to the Supreme Court: a rare appearance by a black lawyer. More than a year has passed since a black lawyer in private practice stood at the lectern in the elegant courtroom and spoke the traditional opening line, “Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the court.”

…Several factors account for the dearth of minorities at the court: continuing problems in recruiting and retaining blacks and other minorities at the top law firms; the rise of a small group of lawyers who focus on Supreme Court cases; the decline in civil rights cases that make it to the high court; and the court’s dwindling caseload.

“It breaks my heart. It’s the minority pipeline, the dwindling caseload, all of these things,” Days told The Associated Press.

Days said he, too, has trouble attracting black lawyers to his firm. He recounted how he lost out to a philanthropic foundation over the services of a former clerk for a Supreme Court justice.

Two recent studies point up the trends. Of 46 Washington law offices with more than 100 attorneys, 28 reported that less than 3 percent of their partners are black. Seven firms had no black partners, according to a report by Building a Better Legal Profession, a group of law students who compiled data provided by the firms.

Morrison & Foerster’s Washington office, where Days works, has just two black partners, although that placed the firm fourth in the Washington rankings at 5.6 percent. Blacks are better represented among associates at these firms.

When reporters need information about diversity at firms, they turn to us. We’re glad to be providing a useful service.

our fast growing blog
October 17, 2007, 4:44 pm
Filed under: Blogroll

well, it’s been a crazy couple of days. we’ve had about 30,000 views since our press conference last wednesday. it also turns out that we’re one of wordpress’s most trafficked blogs:

october 11 — top 15 growing blogs
october 12 — top 100 blogs
october 13 — top 100 blogs

thanks to everyone for their continued support!

Coverage in the American Bar Ass’n Journal
October 14, 2007, 11:33 am
Filed under: Law reform, media

A supporter just forwarded us an article from the ABA Journal. It’s a great example of the press we’ve been getting. We particularly like the quote from our co-founder, Andrew Canter.

Coalition Seeks to Change Big Law Firms, by Martha Neill

Although they haven’t yet graduated from law school, some students are already disillusioned about practicing law at the nation’s major law firms. Worried about tales of long days, unrewarding work and a lack of diversity that prompts many to seek work elsewhere after a few years, they have formed a coalition to promote change.

“What we hear over and over again is that all the law firms are the same,” Andrew Canter, 24, a third-year student at Stanford Law School, tells Legal Times in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.). “They look the same, they make the same glossy brochures, they put on the same receptions and the same fly-back weekends and everything. So we’re trying to do whatever we can to distinguish between them and encourage improvement.”

Others who agree have formed a coalition called Law Students Building a Better Legal Profession, the article explains. Originally made up of Stanford students, it now includes a national membership of students from elite law schools. The group also has a blawg featuring an illustration of grass roots.

Read the full thing here. And congrats to Andrew for the great coverage. (He’s traveling the country giving presentations on our work to various legal academic conferences. We wish him the best of luck!)

building a better legal profession on facebook
October 13, 2007, 4:07 pm
Filed under: Law reform

one of our supporters started a facebook group to promote our organization. looks like the group’s spreading quickly through cyberspace, picking up members at harvard, yale, stanford, nyu, georgetown, university of toronto, boalt, duke, and columbia law schools. fantastic! more proof that this is a nationwide effort to reform large private law firms.

join us on facebook here!