In June 2006, the Houston Multi-Bar Diversity Committee formed-bringing together the Houston Lawyers Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, and the Asian American Bar Association of Houston-in order to evaluate the racial and ethnic make-up of Houston’s largest law firms. In furtherance of this purpose, the Committee surveyed the largest law firms in Houston regarding, among other things, the number of minority attorneys at each of the respective firms. The Committee issued its first Report Card in February 2007.
The Committee reconvened again in 2009 to evaluate the racial and ethnic make-up of the 25 largest law firms in Houstonregarding, among other things, the number of minority attorneys at each of the respective firms as of September 8, 2009. All but one firm approached participated in the survey and the Committee issued its second Report Card in December 2010.
Five years later, the Committee decided to reconvene due to the continued need to shed light on the progress, or lack thereof, of minorities within the largest law firms in Houston. Early 2015, the Committee began its evaluation of the racial and ethnic make-up of the 20 largest firms in Houston (as identified by the Houston Business Journal in 2014) regarding, among other things, the number of minority attorneys at each respective firm as of February 2015. Five law firms chose not to participate in the 2015 survey. It is theresponse to these surveys that serve as the basis for this 2015 Law Firm Diversity Report Card (“Report Card”).
The grading process used by the Committee in measuring each firm’s performance was based on a hundred (100) pointscale. Each score was then converted to a standard letter grade between “A+” through “F.” The closer a firm’s score was to ahundred (100), the higher the percentage of minority attorneys represented at the firm (with the percentage of certain subgroupsof attorneys, i.e., partners, being weighted more heavily than other subgroups, i.e., associates). The percentage of minority attorneys in Harris County, Texas was the primary, basis for the benchmarks used in assigning points.
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