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Partners from minority groups still lack ‘critical mass’ to boost diversity

Mari Carmen Aponte, US ambassador to El Salvador under the Obama administration, who delivered a keynote speech and said intolerance and discrimination will ultimately prove self-defeating

Leading law firms in Latin America and the US have had some success in increasing diversity among their rank and file, but a lack of leadership from an overwhelmingly white, male partnership in most firms is still preventing many women and lawyers from different ethic and socio-economic backgrounds from reaching the top positions, according to delegates at a diversity and inclusion conference at the New York City Bar Association earlier this week.

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