White & Case was ranked first in The American Lawyer magazine's "Diversity Scorecard 2016," a survey of the United States' largest and highest-grossing law firms to determine their percentage of full-time minority lawyers and partners as of December 31, 2015.
This is the third year in a row that the Firm earned the top ranking: White & Case placed first in both the 2014 and 2015 Diversity Scorecards. The magazine's ranking comes on the heels of Law360 placing White & Case in the top spot on its annual Law360 Diversity Snapshot.
To identify the most diverse firms, The American Lawyer evaluates Am Law 200 and National Law Journal 250 firms according to their inclusion of Asian-American, African-American, Latino or Hispanic, Native American and self-described multiracial attorneys.
According to the feature "Diversity Scorecard: Minorities Make Small Gains in Big Law" in which the rankings were announced, The American Lawyer observed that at White & Case, "34.1 percent of its 598 lawyers in the United States were members of a minority group in 2015, as well as 22.3 percent of 166 partners. Most of White & Case's minority lawyers were Asian-American, some 16.05 percent of the firm's lawyers. African-Americans made up 3.2 percent of White & Case lawyers; Latinos/Hispanics, 9.36 percent and multiracial, Native American/other, 5.35 percent."
White & Case Diversity Initiative Chair Raoul Cantero (Miami) told The American Lawyer, "Diversity for us is not a choice, it is a professional imperative."