February 12, 2015

2015 Report Tracking Women in ABA Leadership Positions

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has issued its 2015 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 28.6 percent of the approximately 349,000 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 2014–2015, the percentage of women in ABA leadership positions increased with respect to the Board of Governors, House of Delegates, and Section/Division chairs, officers, councils, and nominating committees. Download the full report from the Commission’s website at www.ambar.org/Goal3Women.