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Diversity & The Bar®

March/April 2010

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(L to R) Taa Grays, James Lipscomb, and Matthew Ricciardi

Photo by John Abbott Photography

Features

Cover Story:
Honoring Excellence

MCCA reflects on the extraordinary career of James L. Lipscomb, MetLife’s trailblazing executive vice president and general counsel.
By Patrick Folliard Read More

AT&T: Diversity in Focus

AT&T general counsel Wayne Watts has brought diversity into focus. MCCA examines the company’s high–performing legal department, along with the system they use to track outside counsel.
By Kara Mayer Robinson Read More

Corporate Internships Offer a Long-Term Investment in Tomorrow’s Talent

First-year law students have limited options for corporate work experience. In recent years, however, more companies have opened internships to 1L students, a good sign in an ailing economy.
By Chana Garcia Read More

2009 Diverse Partner Promotions

MCCA congratulates the attorneys of color joining the partnership ranks in 2009. Read More

Columns

Notes from the Executive Director
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Perseverance in Profile
Michael Baillif
By Tom Calarco Read More

Lawyer’s Lantern
Developing Business Judgment: How Not to “Kill” Your Clients — Or Your In-House Career
By Lori L. Garrett Read More

Departments

Association Focus
Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms
By Catherine Skrzypinski Read More

Spotlighting
Deirdre Stanley
Making the Most of Change

By Patrick Folliard Read More



 

Diversity News

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Movers & Shakers

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CHARLES INOKON



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ROBIN H. SANGSTON


Diversity & the Bar® belatedly thanks Alderson Court Reporting for generously providing court reporting and transcription services for “Does the Supreme Court’s Ricci Decision Imperil Diversity Programs?,” which was featured in our previous issue (January/February 2010, pp. 18 – 22). Diversity & the Bar apologizes for the omission.

 


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Americans aged 25-34 have the second highest rate of bankruptcy (just after those aged 35 to 44), indicating that Gen-Xers were more likely to file for bankruptcy than were young baby boomers at the same age.
Source: "Generation Broke: The Growth of Debt among Young Americans."
The average young-adult household spends almost one quarter of every dollar earned on debt payments.
Source: "Generation Broke: The Growth of Debt among Young Americans."
The annual unemployment rate in 2012 for Management, Professionals, and Related Occupations was 4.1%.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Nearly two-thirds of the 5.4 million legal immigrants from Mexico who are eligible to become citizens of the US have not yet taken that step. Their naturalization rate-36%-is only half that of legal immigrants from all other countries combined.
Source: Pew Research Center
The overall U.S. birth rate declined 8% from 2007 to 2010. The birth rate for U.S.-born women decreased 6% during these years, but the birth rate for foreign-born women plunged 14%-more than it had declined over the entire 1990-2007 period.1 The birth rate for Mexican immigrant women fell even more, by 23%.
Source: Pew Research Center
Three-quarters of retirees said they worked longer than they would have otherwise to maintain access to their employer healthcare plan. The Affordable Care Act does include provisions aimed at reining in prices by limiting the amount insurers can charge older Americans to 3 times what they charge younger subscribers.
Source: The Washington Post
Only four in ten third-graders in the District of Columbia can read proficiently, and only about four out of ten young adults in the District have a full-time job.
Source: Raise D.C.
In 1779, before his time as president, Thomas Jefferson proposed a law to castrate gay men and to destroy the nose cartilage of gay women.
Source: Washington Lawyer
Pennsylvania was the first state to repeal the death penalty for sodomy in 1786.
Source: Washington Lawyer
In 1924 the Society for Human Rights in Chicago became the country's first gay rights organization. Other organizations such as the Mattachine Society and the daughters of Bilitis, were formed decades later.
Source: Washington Lawyer
In 1962 Illinois became the first state to decriminalize homosexual acts done in private between consenting adults.
Source: Washington Lawyer
The nationalities with the highest rates of nationalization in the US - about75% - are Vietnamese, Russian, Filipino, Korean, Laotian, and Cuban.
Source: The Pew Research Center
To become a citizen of the US, a legal permanent resident must be at least 18 years; have lived in the US continuously for 5 years; be able to speak, read, write, and understand basic English; pass a background check; demonstrate knowledge of US history and government; swear allegiance to the US; and pay the $680 application fee.
Source: The Washington Post
The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn., metropolitan area, near New York City, had the highest percentage (17.9%) of households with at least $191,469 in income. At the other end of the spectrum are two metro areas named Danville -- in Virginia and Illinois -- each with 1.1% of households having such high income.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
National Women's History Month dates back to March 8, 1857, when women in NYC factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn't until 1981 that Congress established National Women's History Week, celebrated the 2nd week of March. In 1987, the week was expanded to a month.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Americans aged 25-34 have the second highest rate of bankruptcy (just after those aged 35 to 44), indicating that Gen-Xers were more likely to file for bankruptcy than were young baby boomers at the same age.
Source: "Generation Broke: The Growth of Debt among Young Americans."
The average young-adult household spends almost one quarter of every dollar earned on debt payments.
Source: "Generation Broke: The Growth of Debt among Young Americans."
The annual unemployment rate in 2012 for Management, Professionals, and Related Occupations was 4.1%.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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