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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Brought to you by's global network of reporters and editors, each episode tackles a subject that's worthy of a deep dive—from law firm profit hacks to Supreme Court showdowns to the most promising plays in legal tech. Hosted by editors Leigh Jones and Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

Feb 14, 2020

This week's episode is the first in a series from The Careerist Vivia Chen focused on the shortage of African American lawyers, especially in Big Law, where only about 2 percent of partners are black. She talks with Frederick Nance, global managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs. With 42 years of experience practicing law, Nance provides a historical perspective about what’s changed and what hasn’t for black attorneys, particularly at major law firms.