Twenty-five years ago, the Commission issued a groundbreaking report showing that women lawyers were not advancing in the profession at a satisfactory rate. A variety of discriminatory barriers remained a part of the professional culture—barriers that a significant increase in the number of women lawyers alone would not eliminate. The report recommended a thorough reexamination of the legal profession’s attitudes and structures.
With this study, the Commission embarked on a mission to empower women lawyer leaders by providing them with as much information as possible. Toward this end, the Commission has partnered with a broad spectrum of constituencies.
On March 7, the Commission held its fourth invitation-only regional summit for women in-house counsel. Women who are general counsel and senior in-house counsel from the Midwest met in Chicago to explore how women in-house counsel can effectuate change in the profession. They also discussed ways to work together to help businesses better value women, who make up half of the workforce.