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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.
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more