February 12, 2014

Commission on Women News

Commission on Women news

2014 Report Tracking Women in ABA Leadership Positions Now Available

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has issued its 2014 Goal III Report, which tracks the trend of women in ABA leadership positions. The first Report Card in 1991 reported women’s membership in the ABA and their representation in the profession at 22 percent. Women now constitute 33 percent of the approximately 325,000 lawyer members of the ABA and 34 percent of the legal profession.

The Commission has found that, while the overall trend from 1991 to 2014 in the percentage of women holding ABA leadership positions is upward, the rate of increase has remained relatively static or slightly decreased in recent years. However, the Commission is pleased to report that for 2013–2014, the percentage of women in ABA leadership positions increased with respect to the House of Delegates, Section/Division officers, and committee chairs and vice-chairs.

Download the full report from the Commission’s website at www.ambar.org/Goal3Women.


Ms. JD, a premier organization of women law students and young lawyers, presented one of its inaugural Passion Forward Awards to Roberta D. Liebenberg, a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C., in Philadelphia; chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession; and past chair of the ABA Gender Equity Task Force. Liebenberg received the Sharing Her Passion Award, which honors a woman who has practiced for more than 10 years and is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice.

Miller Nash Announces All-Female Partner Class for 2014

Miller Nash LLP has elected seven new partners, all of whom are women. Six of the partners are based at the firm’s headquarters in Portland, Oregon, with one new partner based in the firm’s growing Seattle, Washington, office. Miller Nash has 111 total lawyers, of which about 40 percent are women. The percentage of female partners is about 35 percent and growing annually.

In Memoriam: Myrna S. Raeder

With sadness, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession received word of the passing on November 16, 2013, of Myrna S. Raeder, a 2002 recipient of the Commission’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. A former prosecutor and defense lawyer and a member of the Southwestern Law School’s faculty since 1979, Raeder was a nationally recognized expert in evidence and procedure and a past chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section. She was a leader in promoting gender equity in the legal profession and the criminal justice system who championed issues related to domestic violence and the impact of incarceration on women offenders and their children.