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Defining a “diverse” lawyer

Having just read about Reggie Martinez Jackson, the baseball slugger, and his unadvertised Latino background, and pairing that factoid with the larger finding from our census of how difficult it is to define many peoples’ ethnic background, how accurately do law departments define diversity? When law firms declare the percentage of their lawyers who are minorities, I haven’t read of a definition of who belongs to a minority and for what degree of consanguinity.

Is one-quarter Native American sufficient? Is one-eighth Jamaican a check mark in some box for scorecard purposes?

As I write this, a pang hits me of treading on political correctness. This post is likely to offend someone in a way that I can’t foresee.

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