Black lawyers who rose through ranks of larger firms see vast changes
As Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner Alan Mills marks his 35th year at the city’s largest firm, he looks back with mild wonder. He remembers starting out, one of a tiny community of African-American attorneys in Indianapolis’ major law firms.
“It’s not just a matter of numbers that changed,” Mills said. “There has been a cultural change at these places. … There has been a material change in the landscape, and sometimes people don’t see that, because they don’t recognize the history.”
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