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Membership survey results: Just as white, eight years older and no richer
By Lawrence S. Goldman
President's Column columns.
Approximately 18 months ago, NACDL conducted a membership survey. The
results of this survey, compared with the last such survey we conducted
(in 1991), reveal some disturbing facts. Our membership is just as white
as it was ten years ago, is eight years older, and is no richer.
Our membership in 2001 was 95 percent white, the same percentage as in
1991. We obviously have too few African Americans, Latinos, Asian
Americans and Native Americans, and we must make special efforts to
attract them. To be sure, this is not an easy task. In the past year, I
have met with the presidents of the major bar associations representing
these groups, and they have told me of their own difficulty in
attracting criminal defense attorneys.
Our president of three years ago is African American. Two of our six
current officers are women. Our Board of Directors is diverse in terms
of geography, practice and gender. However, our Board, while over 30
percent female, has only two Afric
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