“Minnesota lawyers: At least 79% are white”

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Minnesota Lawyer 

White men still dominate the legal profession in Minnesota and, while women and some minority groups have made inroads, the decades-long push to diversify the ranks of lawyers has not yielded the parity many hoped for.Those are a few of the inferences from the Judicial Branch’s recently released annual “Report to the Community,” which, for the first time, provided a demographic snapshot of the ethnicity of the approximately 26,000 lawyers in active practice in Minnesota.

Of the 25,229 lawyers in active practice, according to the survey, 20,015 of them — or about 79 percent — self-identify as White/Caucasian.

The data comes from the Lawyer Registration Office, which, at the behest of the Supreme Court, began collecting information on race and ethnicity as part of the 2016 lawyer registration process.


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