September 28, 1987 |
A pattern of discrimination against Jews, blacks, Latinos and women marked the leading corporate law firms of Los Angeles for most of their history. Jews were the first to enter the mainstream of the legal profession in the mid-1950s, followed by the first significant numbers by women in the late 1960s and blacks a few years later. The first Latinos were hired in 1977. Among the firms confronted with increasing pressure to change anti-Jewish policies during the 1950s was O'Melveny & Myers.