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National survey shows minority lawyers regaining ground (access required)

A new survey of law firms across the country hints at a slow comeback for minority and female attorneys as the legal industry climbs out from beneath the rubble of the recession. But diversity at several law firms in the Carolinas which participated in the survey remains relatively low. The 2010 survey of 265 firms of varying size was released Sept. 27. It was conducted by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and Vault.com, a source of employer rankings, ratings and analysis of the legal industry. Five firms with headquarters in the Carolinas participated in the survey: Moore & Van Allen; Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough; Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson; Smith Moore Leatherwood; and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. All five have operations in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Trial & Error: Female majority on the court – What would Susie say?

Barbara Jackson didn't plan on making history. She donned her black robes and went into the judicial chambers before an overflow crowd earlier this month, and by the time the investiture ceremony was over, North Carolina's Supreme Court was majority female. Sure, the history-making election in November that gave the General Assembly a Republican majority got a lot more attention. The goings-on in our co-equal branch of government that quietly operates a few blocks from the legislative building never get the same spotlight.

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Law Tech Talk: Social media for women lawyers

Social media can be a powerful rainmaking tool for women lawyers because social media plays to their professional strengths. Studies have shown that women lawyers are reluctant to promote their accomplishments and for that reason, social media is a great fit for women attorneys. It allows them to demonstrate their substantive knowledge without having to brazenly promote themselves. Women also excel at communicating and collaborating, traits that social networking facilitates and rewards.

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Civil rights lawyer battles ‘institutionalized inequity’ (access required)

Mark Dorosin is the senior managing attorney for the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights in Chapel Hill. Here, he tells Lawyers Weekly about his work and offers his opinion about educational diversity in light of the controversial debate over the Wake County Board of Education's decision to switch from a socioeconomic busing system to neighborhood schools.

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Gay lawyers say North Carolina’s climate is better but not perfect (access required)

Dan Ellison (pictured) graduated from UNC Law School in 1984 with the same anxiety about passing the bar exam that all lawyers-to-be face at the beginning of their careers. But it wasn't just a commonplace case of the nerves for him. On the contrary, he faced a worry that an unknown number of his classmates might have faced at the same time - whether being gay would affect his ability to become an attorney in North Carolina.

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