Legal Profession


The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?

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This report, “The Business Case for Diversity 2011: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” helps answer two basic questions: Is the oftdiscussed business case for diversity truly creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession? If not, how can the business case be more effective? IILP believes this report is significant in providing comprehensive data, many for the first time, that measure underlying issues, phenomena and perceptions. To be sure, there is a great deal of anecdotal commentary on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; and certainly there are other important statistical analyses. But we believe this study provides new facts and insights that will be critical in pursuing the goal of real change, including in regard to economic factors, in the profession.