Diverse Lawyers Matter
Maine's legal community, and the law profession nationwide, remains largely white. The legal profession has diversified more slowly than other professions such as surgeons and architects. Several Maine lawyers and law students of color discuss their experiences in the state, including Rwanda native Felix Hagenimana, a immigration lawyer, and Ambrose Dawson, one of three Black students in his class at Maine Law. Women of color contend with additional challenges, as Asha Echeverria, an attorney with Bernstein Shur, can attest. The article also looks at some of the tools the Maine State Bar Association and some local firms are using to foster more diversity in their ranks, including a new BIPOC Lawyers Section chaired by Tom Douglas.
With charts showing percentage of women and people of color in law firms, and demographics and debt loads of law students.
Cordes, Renee, "Diverse Lawyers Matter" (2020). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 7889.