“Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law,” an initiative of ABA President Hilarie Bass, features innovative research on legal careers using life cycle models from the fields of sociology, social psychology and economics. It focuses on the many benefits of remaining in the profession and highlights the career paths of senior women lawyers who continue to practice, exercise power and inspire future generations of women lawyers. The Initiative sponsors two invitation-only National Summits focusing on the unique issues and career dynamics facing women lawyers in practice for over 20 years, and explores the reasons for their disproportionately high rate of attrition.
If steps are not taken to change the current trend, the percentage of women equity partners will remain stuck at under 20 percent for decades to come. The Summits are identifying best practices to retain senior women lawyers, whose professional development entailed substantial investments by their firms and companies over the years and who have created strong relationships with the clients they serve.