Law governs all aspects of our lives. From how we drive to what we eat to where we live, the law is significant in the lives of everyone. Those that oversee, decide, and defend the law bear an enormous burden—and truly deserve commendation for their work.
Despite this, or more likely on account of this, the inequities in the legal profession and law schools have become a hot-button issue. Critics say that lawyers and judges should reflect the diversity of clients and citizens that are affected by the law.
Most, too, are in agreement of how to fix the problem: for minorities and women to succeed, they need to enter in greater numbers the professional sphere and become leaders in their chosen professions. From my work covering the LCLD this issue, I heard a consistent issue being lamented: women and minorities may enter into law school, pass the bar, and even become practicing attorneys, but they usually don’t stay in the field long enough to become leaders of their firms or general counsels at corporations. That’s why the attorneys that do make it into those positions should be celebrated, as we are doing in this issue.
In this May/June edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal, we are devoting the entire magazine to legal topics, diverse lawyers, and organizations and firms making a difference. Our Legal Issue is the first of its kind, but seeing the overwhelming responses from both firms and corporations in all our features, I know it won’t be the last.
The issue also touches on some of the legal problems facing women and minorities in our country and throughout the world. I personally learned so much from my research on the legal discrimination that is facing women globally (seen on page 44). I think everyone should be aware of the severe inequities facing women, most of which are unfathomable to those living in the United States and Western nations. Around the world, girls and women every day are being forced to marry at an early age, are unable to work or own property, and are being fired from their jobs for being pregnant or too old. These injustices remind me of the importance of living in an equitable society with legislation that affirms the rights of the individual, while also calling attention to the delicate status of women’s position in the eyes of the law.
In addition, we tackle other interesting and relevant legal issues, including conforming to EEOC policies in the workplace, the rise of military divorce, and free speech on campus.
I hope you find the Legal Issue as interesting as I do. As always, feel free to write or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
Grace Austin, Editor