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On September 4, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession (CWP), in conjunction with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), released the research report You Can’t Change What You Can’t See: Interrupting Racial & Gender Bias in the Legal Profession. Conducted by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law on behalf of CWP and MCCA, the report examines implicit gender and racial bias in legal workplaces and offers new solutions and tools focused on metrics for interrupting bias across the legal profession.
Nominations are now open for the 29th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession established the award in 1991 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers. The annual award honors up to five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. These women demonstrate excellence in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on either the national, regional, or local level.
Sheila Y. Thomas, former CWP commissioner, died on August 9 after a battle with cancer. Sheila was an extraordinary lawyer and spent her legal career advocating for the rights of workers, particularly women. She was also an amazing, caring person who always supported and inspired her friends. In recent years, Sheila earned a Master of Divinity and dedicated herself to helping others find their inner voice and realize their strengths and possibilities.
At the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, the ABA House of Delegates passed Resolution 300, https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/house_of_delegates/2018_am_300.pdf, introduced by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
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