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August 31, 2018

ABA Presidential Initiative on Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law

Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law, an initiative of ABA President Hilarie Bass, features innovative research on the careers of women lawyers using models from the fields of sociology, social psychology, and economics. The focus is on the many benefits of remaining in the profession and the career paths of senior women lawyers who continue to practice, and exercise power. The initiative has conducted the National Summit at Harvard Law School in November 2017 that examined the unique issues and career dynamics facing women lawyers in practice for over 20 years and the reasons for their disproportionately high rate of attrition. Preliminary research results will be unveiled at a second summit that will take place on June 28 at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. The goal is to make recommendations for what law firms, corporations, bar associations, and individual lawyers can do to enhance the prospects for women to reach the highest levels of practice and remain in the profession.

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