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Black lawyers remain underrepresented in DOJ, FTC antitrust positions
29 January 2021 00:00
The underrepresentation of African Americans in the two US departments that cover antitrust is stark. Only 2.85 percent of the lawyers in the Department of Justice’s antitrust division are African American; and only 4.1 percent of the lawyers in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition are Black. And when it comes to senior management levels, the statistics are even worse. There is now a growing consensus in antitrust circles that the poor representation of minorities needs to be addressed, but there is little agreement on how to proceed.
The small number of African American attorneys practicing antitrust, both in government and the private sector, hasn’t gone unnoticed.