May 21, 2018

Top legal experts explore sexual harassment in the legal profession in ABA webinar

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2018 —Sexual harassment in the legal profession will be the focus of the American Bar Association program, “The Shameful Truth: Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession,” during a May 23 webinar. The program is part four of a six-part series, Sexual Harassment & Assault in the Workplace Webinar Series.

The Shameful Truth: Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession
presented by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Wednesday, May 23, 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m. EST


Register, here, for the webinar and if you would like to receive a recording of the program.

Former ABA president Paulette Brown and Gregory S. Chiarello, editor of Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession, will discuss:

  • The physical and emotional effects of sex-based harassment on female lawyers
  • Factors that contribute to lowered job satisfaction and disillusion
  • The power dynamics affiliated with associates and female partners when they are assaulted on the job
  • How harassment from client relations opens the door for collective injuries against female lawyers
  • Explore how the lawyers’ model rules could fight harassment

Moderating the discussion will be Stephanie A. Scharf,
chair of the the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and principal at Scharf, Banks & Marmor LLC.

This event is open to members of the media. For press credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at

This program is part of a six-part series. The next webinar, Part Five: “What is the Link Between Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in the Workplace?,” will be held on Wednesday, June 27 from 1- 2 p.m. To register for that webinar, click here. The sixth program — the topic to be announced soon —  will take place during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Aug.4 from 10-11:30 a.m. CST.

To listen to previous webinars, click on the links below and insert your name and email to gain access to the programs.

Part One: Sexual Harassment & Assault in the Workplace: What is it, where does it come from, what is its scope and impact, and what is the history of sexual harassment law in response to it?

Part Two: Barriers to Combatting Sexual Harassment In and Out of Court and Legislative Responses in the #MeToo Moment

Part Three: Hey Hun! Just how bad do you want your heat fixed?" – Sexual Harassment in Residential Housing.

Partnering with the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice for the series are the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

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