A federal judge in California is stoking controversy by pressing leaders in a class action against Robinhood Financial LLC to diversify by including more women or persons of color as counsel.
It’s the latest effort to tackle what many advocates say is a persistent and significant problem in the profession–the predominance of mostly white male attorneys as lead counsel in lucrative or high-profile cases.
But the move has also attracted critics who question whether judges are empowered to take such actions, and if mandating racial and gender diversity in this way will improve outcomes for plaintiffs.
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