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February 12, 2013

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Mary B. Cranston

With the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession closing in on a quarter century of advocacy and service, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the past and reimagine the future. Since the Commission’s first meeting in October 1987, we have witnessed a massive sea change in the status of women in the legal profession. An enormous number of initiatives ranging across a broad spectrum of areas have helped women lawyers advance to the point where we are today. As you will read in Gabriella Filisko’s “Title IX at 40: Break Out the Bubbly, Then Get Back to Work” on page 8 of this issue, Title IX is an excellent example of how early action has had a huge, far-reaching impact over many years.

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