The economic crunch led law firms to put their diversity efforts on the back burner, according to data from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and Vault.com. The percentage of minority equity partners at major law firms rose by 0.01% last year -- the first time in seven years that there hasn't been a significant increase in partner diversity. "It remains to be seen whether these numbers reflect a recessionary anomaly or the start of a trend," said Vault legal editor Vera Djordjevich.

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