Insight on Diversity

Diversity as Inclusion: Shedding the 'First' Paradigm

, The Legal Intelligencer


Numerous stellar individuals have soared to previously unforeseen heights in their profession. Often, these individuals deservedly receive praise for their accomplishments as, among others, the "first woman," "first African-American," or "first Asian-American" in their field to reach certain professional achievements.

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  • Richard Agins

    While I wholeheartedly agree with the authors' premise that the legal profession must become more diverse, I call into question their comparison with the medical and technical professions. I submit that the greater diversity of those professions results from the inordinately high inclusion of foreign born (and trained) Asian and Indian individuals. What is needed in the United States is a path to the inclusion of native-born African-American and Latino students in legal studies programs such that the face of the legal profession morphs over the next generation to become more representative of the overall population.

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