Diversity in the Legal Profession


According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Law Placement (NALP), 23% of qualified lawyers come from minority backgrounds. The Lawyer Portal reports that there is still a substantial discrepancy in Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) partners and trainees at larger UK and US corporate firms. The largest firms tend to employ a lower proportion of BAME partners, this being 8%.

Steps need to be made to ensure diversity in law: a profession that in its very nature, exists to ensure the lack of injustice. This webinar, organized by the American Society of International Law’s Africa Interest Group, will discuss what law firms and other legal employers can do to address a lack of diversity in their ranks. It will also address the role that BAME lawyers and legal professionals have to playa in this discourse. In order to be ensure diversity is evident, law firms and legal professionals of BAME background should work together to advance the goal of an all-encompassing legal environment.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.


  • Professor Ben Davis, University of Toledo College of Law
  • Professor Mohamed Helal, Co-Chair, Africa Interest Group, Moderator
  • Nwabueze Nwokolo, Diversity Lead, The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Ijeoma Ononogbu, Co-Chair, Africa Interest Group, Moderator
  • Katherine Simpson, Simpson Dispute Resolution
  • Nwa'ndo Ume-Nwagbo, Smithers and Ume-Nwabgo LLC, Atlanta
  • Professor David Weiss, Institute for Dispute Resolution, New Jersey City University

Date and Location

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm