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April 2003 , Page 4 

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Membership survey results: Just as white, eight years older and no richer

By Lawrence S. Goldman

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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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