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Diversity “Blacklist” At Debevoise Was Less Than Met The Eye

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August 10, 2018

A list of associates left accessible online at Debevoise & Plimpton was exposed by a blogger who interpreted it as a blacklist of minority associates whom the firm intended to get rid of. It turns out there was less here than meets the eye, or at least less than met the eye of the summer associate who came across that list and posted a scathing account of the find on the Top Law Schools site. That’s according to the reading of the situation by Elie Mystal, the executive editor of Above the Law. If Debevoise did what it was accused of, it would have to be “the dumbest form of racism you could hope to see out of a Biglaw firm,” he writes. While not unsympathetic to the person who posted the blog, he goes on to explain how in his view – based in part on the explanation he got from the firm’s managing partner – the summer associate totally misconstrued what he or she read. Mystal, in the spirit of full disclosure, notes that he is a former Debevoise & Plimpton associate, and his “personal experiences do not track with the original post.” For the record, the firm on its website notes that this year it got the top spot on the Chambers Associate “Best Firms for Diversity” list, for the second year in a row.

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