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SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR, A GROUP OF HIGH-POWERED ATTORNEYS, KNOWN AS THE DIVERSE PARTNERS NETWORK, MEETS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TO DISCUSS DIVERSITY INITIATIVES AT THEIR RESPECTIVE FIRMS. THERE’S ALSO ANOTHER, PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANT, ITEM THAT MAKES ITS WAY ON THE AGENDA AS WELL— EXPANDING THE RANKS.


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ith 20 or so members, the men and women who live and practice in the nation’s capital are part of an exclusive club: managing partners of color. Almost all of them are the fi rst nonwhite persons at their fi rms to hold such a prestigious title, a fact that underscores both the advances being made within the legal profession and the languid pace at which it changes. Despite their small numbers, these partners see opportunity within their grasp.


As stewards of their fi rms, they’re in a powerful position to drive the overall vision of their practices, in addition to setting the tone around diversity and inclusion. And as U.S. fi rms look to gain an edge in an increasingly global business community, African


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