Bloomberg Law
April 27, 2020, 9:40 AM

Virus Crisis Could Be Big Test of Law Firms’ Diversity Efforts

Meghan Tribe
Meghan Tribe

It has taken nearly a decade for the legal industry to recover from Great Recession era lawyer job cuts that disproportionately affected women and attorneys of color, but there are new fears that the coronavirus crisis could erase progress made since.

Firms are turning to layoffs, pay cuts, and furloughs to weather the economic storm caused by the pandemic, and diversity experts are anxious that minority lawyers and the efforts designed to help them could bear the worst of the financial pain.

“Law firms have an opportunity to do the right thing here and that is to continue to ramp ...

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