New data released on diversity in the profession
The State Bar of California has released data on diversity in the profession. As you may recall, the State Bar performed a survey on California attorneys, and got remarkable participation: Of the 190,000 active attorneys, 93,000 (49%) completed the survey. This survey will be repeated regularly, to capture changes in the attorney population.
What are they doing with this data? The State Bar has written some “Bar Briefs” outlining the composition of California attorneys.
Some interesting data bits: Latinx make up 35% of California’s adult population, but only 7% of attorneys, and women are also disproportionately represented, though not as significantly. The public and nonprofit sectors have a greater representation of racial and ethnic minorities than the private sector – but within the private sector, there is actually the least amount of diversity among those in solo practice. You can read more by looking at the power point.
The study also asked for attorney satisfaction with salary and with performance evaluations. Their plan is to explore career satisfaction more deeply this next year, and also gather more actual salary ranges.