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Harrison Barnes, CEO and founder of BCG Attorney Search, put together a book covering the issue of diversity in big law firms.
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BCG Attorney Search CEO and Founder Examines Law
Firm Diversity in New Book
Summary: Harrison Barnes, CEO and founder of BCG Attorney Search, put together a book covering the
issue of diversity in big law firms.
The founder and Chief Executive Office of legal recruiting company
BCG Attorney Search, Harrison Barnes, spent much of the past year
writing a book on diversity within big law firms. Barnes decided a
book, titled Law Firm Diversity: How Race, Gender, Age, Social and
Economic Divisions Impact the Hiring, Retention and Advancement
of Big Law Attorneys, was needed to address the growing changes
regarding diversity within the legal field.
After spending several months researching the industry and
collecting information from his own career of placing attorneys in
law firms, Barnes completed the new book examining why there is a
lack of diversity in big law firms and what can be done about it.
America’s largest law firms have been making efforts to increase
their diversity in response to client demands and sociopolitical
norms, according to a press release about the book. However, their
efforts have produced minimal results. American law firms have an
established way of conducting business and moving away from those traditions has proven not only difficult
but scary for these established institutions.
Barnes used interviews with attorneys and law firm leaders to support his book, along with published studies
and personal experience. He was able to conclude in the book that male attorneys are preferred over
females, ethnic minorities are perceived as unqualified, and that women and minorities do not receive
challenging assignments or as many opportunities to get promoted.
Barnes said, “Many law firms recognize the need for diversity, but they do not do enough to recruit diverse
attorneys, or help them succeed after they are hired. I hope my book helps attorneys from diverse
backgrounds find employment, and thrive, in big law firms.”
Through his work, Barnes has seen firsthand what law firms are wanting and who they end up hiring for
positions. This unique perspective gives him access to the real data of what makes a lawyer valuable to a law
firm and what does not. BCG Attorney Search also understands the lawyers and the most prestigious law
firms better than outsiders would, providing valuable insight.
The purpose of the book is to discuss why BigLaw is failing to diversify their workforce and how they can
aim to correct the lack of diversity among their lawyers.
Barnes has made the book available for free on BCG Attorney Search’s website. Go here to read it: Law Firm
Diversity: How Race, Gender, Age, Social and Economic Divisions Impact the Hiring, Retention and
Advancement of Big Law Attorneys.
See the following articles for more information:
Diversity in Law Firms - Myth vs. Reality
Diversity in the Legal World - The Big Picture
Law Firms’ Continued Lack of Diversity: Scholars Provide Insight on Reasons and Solutions
How Law Firm Websites Influence Retention of Diverse Attorneys
Can Rethinking the “Billable Hour” Lead to More Law Firm Gender Equality?
Top 14 Ways Law Firms Can Recruit and Retain Minority Attorneys
Steps to Attract and Retain Female Partners
The Importance of Attracting and Retaining Gay Attorneys
Why Are So Many Women Reaching the Top of Big Law Firms?