Who’s Taking the Lead?: Women Litigators Strive to Take Charge in the Courtroom
A new study based on detailed data from the Northern District of Illinois, representing a jurisdiction with a well-balanced litigation practice, reveals that—as in other areas of the profession—women are not taking charge of litigation matters as often as men. When women appear in a case, they’re lead counsel about 40 percent of the time; when men appear in a case, they’re lead counsel roughly 60 percent of the time. But the study’s author and some leading litigators and judges say the problem is solvable.