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Yes, It’s News When Big Law Elects a Black Leader

Ellisen Turner. Irell & Manella has a new managing partner: Ellisen Turner. When I first read that news, I thought ho-hum. Another man for the top job. But then I glanced down at the page and saw Turner’s photo, and my reaction was: Wow. He’s African-American! Anyone who pretends that she didn’t react the way I…keep reading

Fish & Richardson Principal Anita Meiklejohn, Ph.D., Named 2017 “Top Woman of Law” Honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Fish & Richardson announced today that principal Anita Meiklejohn, Ph.D. has been named a 2017 “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (MLW) for her “great accomplishments in the legal field.” MLW singles out an elite group of “exceptional” pioneers, educators, trailblazers, and role models for this prestigious award each year. Dr. Meiklejohn will receive her award at an event in Boston on November…keep reading

Law Firms Implement Initiatives, Mentoring to Retain Women Attorneys

Although more than half of law school graduates are women, they make up only 36 percent of legal professionals, according to a 2017 report from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women. “The industry as a whole has a problem attracting women to the legal field and retaining them,” said Courtney Leyes, an associate and…keep reading

Want To Know Why There Aren’t More Black Lawyers?

One of the many things we’ve learned through the repeated murders of Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement and the failure of these murderers to be brought to justice is that we need more Black lawyers and prosecutors. While nearly 40 percent of incarcerated prisoners are African-American, four percent of lawyers in the United States…keep reading