Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms
The Commission conducted a survey and focus groups to get a picture of the experiences women attorneys of color had working in law firms. Read the findings here.
What attracts women of color to the legal profession? Do their work experiences surpass or fall short of expectations? How do legal employers hinder or increase job satisfaction? Why do women attorneys of color change practice areas and organizations or leave the profession at an alarming rate? The Commission explored the unique concerns and experiences of Hispanic, African-American, Native American, and Asian American women in the legal profession to begin dialogue on how the legal profession can facilitate the full and robust participation of this group of talented lawyers.Research - methodology
The Commission developed a report, This Talk Isn't Cheap: Women of Color and White Women Attorneys Find Common Ground, which allowed women of color and white women attorneys to discuss their relationship with one another in the workplace via a series of interviews. This report will be a part of the Guided Conversations Project, consisting of facilitator’s video and guide that will help promote conversation in the workplace on racial dynamics.
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