Roger Maldonado Interviewed on Diversity Initiatives for Law Students

Q&A: NYC Bar president on an initiative to reach diverse lawyers-to-be in childhood

By: Daniel Wiessner

(Reuters) – The New York City Bar Association is launching a far-reaching initiative to diversify the legal profession by creating a talent pipeline that begins as early as elementary school, after finding in a recent report that minorities remain underrepresented at law firms.

Roger Juan Maldonado, the group’s president, said in a recent interview with Reuters that years-long diversity efforts by firms, bar associations, and the court system have been disjointed and produced mixed results. The city bar initiative, announced last month, is designed to unite those programs to create a continuous pipeline from early childhood through the first years of a lawyer’s career, he said.

Maldonado is a partner at Smith Gambrell & Russell, where he practices commercial litigation.

Questions and answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.

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