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"Left Out and Left Behind" examines the experiences and challenges faced by women lawyers of color. The report, authored by social scientist Destiny Peery, past ABA president Paulette Brown and Chicago attorney Eileen Letts, shows that women lawyers of color surveyed were far more likely to want to leave the profession than their white colleagues and were more likely to be subjected to both implicit and explicit bias.

Walking out the Door

Walking out the Door, the first report to be released from the Initiative on Long-Term Careers for Women is now available! Learn why experienced women lawyers leave Big Law and what legal institutions can do to keep them.

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Long-Term Careers for Women in Law

Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law 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.

Overview

Why now?

This research explored the unique issues and career dynamics facing women lawyers in practice for over 20 years, and the reasons for their disproportionately high rate of attrition. If steps aren't taken to change the current trend, the percentage of women equity partners will remain stuck at under 20% for decades to come. These senior women lawyers' professional development entailed substantial investments by their firms and companies over the years, and they have created strong relationships with the clients they serve.

What's next?

Three more research reports generated by this initiative will soon be published, and new complementary studies will be undertaken. Have questions, or want to be the first to know? Add your name to the waiting list!

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Research Reports

Long-Term Careers for Women in Law

The Initiative has implemented four research projects: (1) a joint ABA/ALM Intelligence survey of large law firm managing partners and practicing attorneys (published November 2019); (2) a representative survey of law school alumni who graduated 20+ years ago, in order to generate a systematic understanding of the course of long-term careers for women and men in the legal profession & the professional, social and personal factors that enhance or impede legal careers; (3) a national focus group study to understand in greater depth the personal, social & professional factors that affect long-term careers for women lawyers; and (4) a national study focusing specifically on women lawyers of color using group and individual data.