Left Out and Left Behind

The newest report in the Long-Term Careers for Women in Law series is here! Authored by social scientist Destiny Peery, past ABA president Paulette Brown and Chicago attorney Eileen Letts, the report shows that women lawyers of color surveyed were far more likely to want to leave the profession than their white colleagues; were more likely to be subjected to both implicit and explicit bias; and to report factors that blocked their “access to success,” including access to business development opportunities and being denied or overlooked for promotion.

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Walking out the Door

The first research report to be released through the Initiative on Long-Term Careers for Women in Law, "Walking out the Door" distills the data on why experienced women lawyers leave BigLaw, and what their firms can do to retain them.

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Bias Interrupters

The groundbreaking report "You Can't Change What You Can't See: Interrupting Racial & Gender Bias in the Legal Profession" was published in collaboration with MCCA in 2018. The report reveals the various biases that women lawyers of color and white women lawyers experience in the profession, providing recommendations to legal employers for removing institutionalized and systemic barriers to women lawyers' success.

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First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table

This is a first-of-its-kind empirical study of the participation of women and men as lead counsel and trial attorneys in civil and criminal litigation. Using a random sample of all cases filed in 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, this report also identifies characteristics of cases, law firms, and clients that impact the extent to which men and women serve in lead counsel roles.

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From Visible Invisibility to Visibly Successful: Success Strategies for Law Firms and Women of Color in Law Firms

Find information, insights, and advice gathered from women of color partners in law firms as well as an examination of law firm practices that contributed to their success.

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Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Fortune 500 Legal Departments

The Commission on Women has analyzed the results of its survey of diversity dynamics in Fortune 500 corporate legal departments. This report focuses on the experiences of women attorneys, particularly women of color, as they go through the four major aspects of an attorney's career: recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement.

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