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Does anyone have a diversity focused recruiter that they like? I’m tired of the lip service that my current employer pays to diversity and inclusion but don’t want to jump right over to somewhere worse. Thoughts?

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*whispers* they all pay lip service to D&I. Focus on your legal skill set so you can build a career, not what boxes you check off for the firm.

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P1, I’ve been at the firm for 4 years - I’m a 6th year going on 7, and I do project development and commercial contracting work in the energy industry (O&G/ renewable).

I didn’t know there was such a thing as a diversity focused recruiter. Following.

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Check out firms involved in the Move the Needle fund — my firm is one of them and I have been impressed by how what they are doing goes significantly beyond lip service/recruiting. If not one of those firms, maybe someone directly involved in the initiative would be good contacts for informational interviews? I personally would look for people that you want to work with over recruiters in terms of focusing your search: https://www.mtnfund2025.com/

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Thank you! I’m worried that promotion and advancement are not realistic at my current firm. Attorneys of color seem to typically be frustrated into leaving before they are eligible for partnership. And we have zero equity partners of color.

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I don’t know any recruiters who specialize in diversity hiring. However, I recently explained to a recruiter I was working with that I’m not interested in moving to any firm that doesn’t have diverse leadership. He was very receptive to the feedback and only sent me opportunities that fit that criteria. For opportunities I find on my own, I research the firms and companies online and on LinkedIn and if they have no diversity (especially with 50+ employees in a major metropolitan city) I don’t waste my time. I’ve been the only woman attorney and only POC for long enough and done well but have 0 desire to do it again.

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Agreed. It’s very exhausting and totally not worth the struggle, with everything we have going on right now.

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Less than 20% of the legal field are attorneys of color. I don't know where you're located, but you may have to be the change you wanna see. I would also check with your local National Black Bar Association chapter. They may be able to steer you in the right direction.

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No. Only 15 percent of lawyers are racial or ethnic minorities — and that number has risen by only three percentage points in the last 10 years. From Above the Law article in 2019. The numbers get drastically lower for minority attorneys who are partners.

You are your best diversity recruiter. Look at your Facebook and LinkedIn networks. Approach people who you believe are a good fit and set up meetings with managers. We have to be mechanisms for change. It sucks sometimes, but it’s true!

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Reach out to a diverse headhunter them what firms would be a good fit for diverse associates. We can't tell you what your personal experience will be like at a particular firm, but we talk to diverse associates all the time and get the good and bad at their particular firms.

Don’t use a recruiter. Most positions are advertised. Use your informal network/LinkedIn for an introduction.

I get the pitch and I don’t mean to question your livelihood. But recruiters add a cost that sometimes results in less pay to the associate because there is a greater cost associated with the hire. On the firm side (and I’m in a major city), the recruiter doesn’t seem to add my value to the firm (this is for associates). The exception is where the firm hires a recruiter to find talent for a specific position. Just my opinion based upon my experiences.

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