In June 2006, the Houston Multi-Bar Diversity Committee formed-bringing together the Houston Lawyers Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, and the Asian American Bar Association of Houston-in order to evaluate the racial and ethnic make-up of Houston’s largest law firms. In furtherance of this purpose, the Committee surveyed the largest law firms in Houston regarding, among other things, the number of minority attorneys at each of the respective firms. The Committee issued its first Report Card in February 2007.
The Committee reconvened again in 2009 to evaluate the racial and ethnic make-up of the 25 largest law firms in Houston regarding, among other things, the number of minority attorneys at each of the respective firms as of September 8, 2009. All but one firm approached participated in the survey and the Committee issued its second Report Card in December 2010. The Committee published additional reports in May 2015 and May 2016.
In 2017, the Committee again expanded, and partnered with the newly formed Coalition of Houston Diverse Bar Associations, which is a coalition of the seven (7) minority bar associations of Houston. The Committee grew to include the Houston Association of Women Attorneys, the Korean American Bar Association of Texas, the Middle Eastern Bar Association of Texas, and the South Asian Bar Association of Houston. The Committee surveyed four (4) governmental legal departments in the Houston, Harris County area along with the 25 largest firms in Houston (as identified by the Houston Business Journal in 2017) regarding, among other things, the number of minority attorneys at each respective firm as of November 1, 2017. The Committee expanded its evaluation to assign separate grades based on gender, as well as to assess the Middle Eastern representation in the law firms. Four (4) law firms and one (1) governmental legal departments (referenced collectively as “firms” herein) chose not to participate in the 2018 survey. The response to these surveys served as the basis for this 2018 Law Firm Diversity Report Card (the “2018 Report Card”).
The grading process used by the Committee in measuring each firm’s performance was based on a hundred (100) pointscale. Each score was then converted to a standard letter grade between “A+” through “F.” The closer a firm’s score was to a hundred (100), the higher the percentage of minority attorneys represented at the firm (with the percentage of certain sub groupsof attorneys, i.e., partners, being weighted more heavily than other subgroups, i.e., associates). The percentage
of minority attorneys in Harris County, Texas was the primary, basis for the benchmarks used in assigning points.
LAW FIRM DIVERSITY REPORTS
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