Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity

This committee works to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the profession, engaging in activities that promote the profession in the pipeline, promoting recruitment of diverse professionals, and developing diverse individuals within the profession.

Co-Chair
Tennessee Secretary of States...
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave 8th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615)741-4469
Co-Chair
FedEx Corporation
942 South Shady Grove Road, Ste. 248
Memphis, TN 38120
(901)818-7306
Immediate Past Chair
Clerk & Master Chancery Court
1 Public Square Ste 308
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)862-5710

Study: Inequality Still Present in Legal Pay, Hiring

A joint survey from the National Association of Law Placement and the American Bar Foundation has found that the legal profession is still struggling to bridge hiring and income inequality based on race and gender, according The National Law Journal. Among its finding, the study showed that gender gap in the earning power of lawyers increases with longevity in the profession. The income disparity between women and men was five percent after two or three years of practicing law but expanded to 15 percent after seven years and 20 percent after 12 years. The study also found that the majority of the pay gap occurs in the private sector. In the public sector, by contrast, women earned 96 to 98 percent of what men earned for the same job. The survey also looked at ethnic and racial differences in hiring, finding that private firms employ 50 percent of all white lawyers, 46 percent of all Hispanic lawyers, 39 percent of all Asian lawyers and 35 percent of all African-American lawyers.

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Ben Jones Group Hosts Barristers’ Ball Saturday

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will hold its annual Barristers’ Ball this Saturday at the Tower Center, located on the 33rd floor of the Clark Tower, in Memphis. The event provides an opportunity for lawyers and judges and their families to enjoy a night of food, music, recognition of outstanding achievements and fundraising. Money raised funds programming for the year and scholarships for minority students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Email info@benfjones.org for more information or with any questions.

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