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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Diversity & The Bar Releases Survey Results

Akerman Senterfitt ranked second on the list of Law Firms with Highest Minority Equity Partner Levels, as published in the September/October 2007 issue of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's (MCCA) magazine, Diversity & The Bar. The list is based on data from 193 major law firms appearing in the 2007 edition of the Vault/MCCA Guide to Law Firm Diversity Programs.

In the July/August issue of Diversity & The Bar, Akerman was ranked #9 on the list of Leading Law firms for Women Equity Partners. The firm's diversity was also recognized in 2007 by the Minority Law Journal, which published the results of its Annual Diversity Scorecard in July. The firm ranked #27 out of 255 firms surveyed nationwide, compared with its #36 ranking in 2006.

Akerman's long-standing commitment to diversity has gained increasing recognition in recent years, including:

· Akerman's Diversity Committee Chair, Joseph Hatchett presented with the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (2007)

· The Thomas L. Sager Award for diversity leadership, presented by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2006)

· Top Law Firm for Hispanic Americans for the second year in a row by MultiCultural Law magazine (2005, 2006)

· Diversity Award from the Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management, recognizing local organizations that foster an inclusive work environment in which all employees are inspired to contribute their best, strengthened by their different perspectives, backgrounds and life experiences (2006)

· Diversity Chair Joseph Hatchett inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame, in recognition of his more than 40 years of dedication to the cause of justice and equality before the courts of the United States of America, and on behalf of the African-American community. (2005)

The Akerman Senterfitt client list includes nearly 100 corporations that belong to the "Call to Action – Diversity in the Legal Profession." These companies have made a commitment to actively look for law firms that distinguish themselves in diversity issues, and to end or limit relationships with firms whose track records reflect a lack of meaningful interest in diversity.

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) was founded in 1997 to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA accomplishes its mission through the collection and dissemination of information about diversity in the legal profession.

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