Bloomberg Law
Dec. 15, 2020, 11:01 AM

The Black General Counsel Project: Cummins’ Sharon Barner

Ruiqi Chen
Ruiqi Chen

More Black lawyers are leaving law firms to join legal departments, helping to drive an increase in Black representation at the general counsel level, according to Cummins Inc. chief legal officer Sharon Barner.

“Smart and business savvy Black lawyers have opted out of private law firms because of many of the environmental issues that make surviving and thriving in a law firm more difficult for Black lawyers,” Barner said in a recent Bloomberg Law survey.

Black general counsel now make up over 5% of all general counsel in the Fortune 1000, a significant milestone tracked by the Black General ...

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