The measure and reporting of [diversity] is an important first step in improving diversity numbers. We want to shine a light on what is and offer solutions to move to what can be - a more equitable legal industry.
NEW YORK (PRWEB) November 10, 2020
Leopard Solutions Market Research releases a new infographic on the current state of gender and ethnic diversity in the legal industry. The infographic is a current snapshot as of 10/30/2020 on the state of diversity in the top 200 law firms in the US based on data from Firmscape, Leopard Solutions’ law firm intelligence, and reporting tool. To download your copy of the Gender and Ethnic Diversity Today: A Current Look at Diversity in the US Top 200 infographic, please click here https://www.leopardsolutions.com/index.php/infographic-diversity-download/.
Leopard Solutions debuted its diversity tool in September 2020. For too long diversity was just a talking point for many law firms and legal talent professionals. While both recognize the need for diverse hires, there are not many benchmarking or recruitment tools in the market to move the needle towards achieving diversity goals. With the Mansfield Rule recruitment goals in its fourth iteration (https://www.diversitylab.com/mansfield-rule-4-0/), more top firms participating, and corporations supporting diversity; accurate and current data is the missing link for firms, recruiters, and corporations to measure and benchmark strategic diversity growth measures.
Even though many organizations in the legal industry publish benefits of diversity for the firm, most reports reference older data. A recent ABA diversity and inclusion committee newsletter written by David O’Conner referenced a 2019 study conducted in 2018 that of the firms surveyed 35.4% of the attorneys were women, 16.1% were racially or ethnically diverse, and only 8.08% were women of color. The Leopard Solutions current snapshot reports the same with one difference, 36% of attorneys at the top 200 firms are women, an increase of one percent in two years. “Peter Drucker said ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.’ It is an old business axiom that we believe to be true, especially today. The measure and reporting of [diversity] is an important first step in improving diversity numbers. We want to shine a light on what is and offer solutions to move to what can be - a more equitable legal industry.” Laura Leopard, CEO, Leopard Solutions.
Leopard Solutions’ goal is to provide accurate and timely data that will help law firms increase diversity. Our suite of products helps law firms and legal professionals with a wide variety of tools to source diverse, highly qualified, and motivated attorneys from a large pool of attorneys. Our database consists of over 325,000 attorneys from 4,200 law firms worldwide and over 75,000 corporate counsel.
About Leopard Solutions
Leopard Solutions has been serving the legal industry for nearly 20 years. We began our journey with a single database of New York Associates in 2002 and have grown each year, developing new, cutting-edge products for the entire industry. Our depth of knowledge allows us to create innovative tools and products that directly and favorably impact the success of our clients. We are proud to be a diverse employer and a certified Women’s Business Enterprise.