The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that just only 11.6 percent of attorneys in the U.S. are from a population of color. The picture is even less encouraging when you couple that with the recent National Association for Law Placement data that shows that 87 percent of racially or ethnically diverse law firm associates leave by their fifth year.

Organizations such as Diversity in Practice, located in Minneapolis, MN are working hard to change those statistics by supporting and encouraging lawyers of color.

On Oct. 27, 75 minority law students from local law schools will gather to meet their mentors for a 6-month Ambassador program. The kick-off event, which starts at 5 p.m. at the Minneapolis offices of Faegre & Benson, is one of several programs that Diversity in Practice coordinates to fulfill their mission to recruit, retain and promote lawyers of color here in the Twin Cities metro area.

To learn more about the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice organization or to participate in an upcoming event, logon to diversityinpractice.org.