“Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law” is an initiative of ABA President Hilarie Bass. It features innovative research on legal careers using life cycle models from the fields of sociology, social psychology and economics. The focus will be on the many benefits of remaining in the profession and will highlight the career paths of senior women lawyers who continue to practice, exercise power, and will inspire future generations of women lawyers. The Initiative will sponsor two invitation-only National Summits that will focus on the unique issues and career dynamics facing women lawyers in practice for over 20 years, and explore the reasons for their disproportionately high rate of attrition.

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Women account for 45% of associates, but make up less than 20% of equity partners. More than 50% of the law students are now women, and yet they're not choosing to stay in the profession.

Res. 302 Says 'Time's Up'

At the 2018 ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, the ABA House of Delegates passed Resolution 302. This critical step forward, introduced by Stephanie A. Scharf, Chair, Commission on Women in the Profession and Co-Chair, ABA Presidential Initiative on Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law urges all employers to adopt and enforce policies to “prohibit, prevent, and promptly redress” harassment and retaliation and does so with intersectionality in mind.

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