Commission on Women in the Profession
The Commission on Women in the Profession in partnership with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) released a research report in 2018. The report was designed to reduce the effects of bias in law firms and corporate legal departments. Some shocking findings from the report included that women lawyers of color were eight times more likely than white men to report being mistaken for janitorial staff.
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Gender Equity Task Force Publications
In August 2012, ABA President Laurel G. Bellows appointed a blue-ribbon Task Force on Gender Equity to recommend solutions for eliminating gender bias in the legal profession, with a principal focus on the disparity in compensation between male and female partners. The Task Force implemented the following series of projects to promote gender equity.
- Closing the Gap: a Road Map for Achieving Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Partner Compensation
- Power of the Purse: How General Counsel Can Impact Pay Equity for Women Lawyers
- What You Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation
Women of Color Research Initiative Publications
From Visible Invisibility to Visibly Successful: Success Strategies for Women of Color in Law Firms is a report on success strategies for women lawyers of color. Recommendations are the result of information, insights, and advice gathered from 28 women of color partners in national law firms.
Access the report here: Visible Invisibility to Visibly Successful
- Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Fortune 500 Legal Departments
- Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms
Men in the Mix
How to Engage Men on Issues of Gender Equity in the Legal Profession comes out of focus group research that was conducted in New York City, Dallas, and San Francisco over the course of 2019. Men and women discussed what obstacles their male colleagues faced when deciding to become allies for gender equity, and what actions could be successfully taken to engage men on these issues.
Access the report here:
Men in the Mix
This Talk Isn’t Cheap
This report addresses the intersectionality of race/ethnicity and gender in the legal profession. Through structured dialogue, women of color & white women can bridge gaps in understanding and build allyship to promote racial equity. The toolkit and report provide a guide to improving conversations about gender, race, and ethnicity so that all women can work together in combating the barriers to advancement in the legal profession.
Learn more about This Talk Isn’t Cheap and the Guided Conversations Project
Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law
This initiative features innovative research on legal careers using life cycle models from the fields of sociology, social psychology, and economics. The focus is on the many benefits of remaining in the profession and highlighting the career paths of senior women lawyers who continue to practice, exercise power, and inspire future generations of women lawyers.