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Sept. 8, 2020, 11:01 AM

Hispanic Legal Chiefs Lag Behind All Groups at Top Corporations

John Nancarrow
John Nancarrow

Hispanic lawyers continue to trail other minority groups in reaching the top of major law departments despite being the largest minority workforce in the nation.

Hispanics held 2.2% of all general counsel jobs in the Fortune 1000 this year. The 22 Hispanic general counsel at the country’s largest companies is an increase of just one top lawyer since 2019, according to Jean Lee, CEO and president of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, which tracks diversity data.

Building the number of Hispanic general counsel in America’s biggest corporations could go a long way toward improving diversity in the legal industry. Top corporate lawyers have a wide influence on who is hired and promoted, not just internally, but at their outside law firms. Ruiqi Chen has the story.


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