A committee of Austin-area minority bar associations including the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, the Austin Black Lawyers Association, the Austin Asian American Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association of Austin, the Austin LGBT Bar Association and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association collect and compile a yearly “Report Card” reflecting data on the representation of minority attorneys in law firms. The data on women attorneys is separately reported on page four of the report card.
LGBT data was included in the determination of law firm grades. This year’s report card also continues our granular reporting on diversity within minority categories at each individual firm.
This year’s report card can be found here: 2016DiversityReportCard-4-page-version-FINAL-2
The 2015 Austin Law Firm Diversity Report Card evaluated statistics from the 28 largest law firms in Austin. This year, the standard for an “A” grade remained at 15 percent. Firms falling below 7.5 percent receive a failing grade. In addition, consistent with prior Report Cards, grading is weighted in favor of law firms that have larger numbers of minority partners to reflect the importance of not only hiring diverse attorneys, but in developing, promoting and retaining those attorneys.
This year, 11 firms earned “A” grades. Of the 23 firms that responded, eight firms’ grades improved over last year, while two firms’ grades declined. One reporting firm earned an “F” grade, and four additional firms received an “F” for declining to respond to survey requests.