Ad Firms Not Only Ones With Diversity Issues

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Perhaps ad-agency heads will want to point to this New York Times article and say, "See! We're not the only ones." After all, distraction is a favorite technique of those pinned against the wall.

The article is about a study looking into the attrition rates of minorities at major law firms: "Thanks to vigorous recruiting and pressure from corporate clients, black lawyers are well represented now among new associates at the nation's most prestigious law firms. But they remain far less likely to stay at the firms or to make partner than their white counterparts. A recent study says grades help explain the gap. To ensure diversity among new associates, the study found, elite law firms hire minority lawyers with, on average, much lower grades than white ones. That may, the study says, set them up to fail."

Of course, the study has stirred up debate.