You Can't Change What You Can't See: Interrupting Racial and Gender Bias in the Legal Profession

    By Commission On Women In the Profession and Minority Corporate Counsel Association

    You Can't Change What You Can't See: Interrupting Racial and Gender Bias in the Legal Profession

    You Can't Change What You Can't See: Interrupting Racial and Gender Bias in the Legal Profession

    By Commission On Women In the Profession and Minority Corporate Counsel Association

    This research report, published by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) with data provided by the Center for WorkLife Law at University of California - Hastings, details the four main types of bias encountered by female and minority attorneys, with strategies for law firms and corporate legal departments to interrupt those biases so level the playing field for all attorneys.

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    The Conclusion of this report by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) reads: "The usual tools for increasing diversity - such as bias trainings - typically don't work. If legal employers truly want to attract talent from the full labor pool and provide a level playing field that gives every lawyer an equal opportunity to succeed, they ned to try something different ... If an employer lacks diversity, it is probably because subtle (and not-so-subtle) forms of bias are constantly playing out in everyday workplace interactions - in meetings, in assignments, in mentoring, in compensation, and so on. The solution is not to 'fix the women' but to fix the business systems."

    "You Can't Change What You Can't See" details the results of a study on people of color and women in the legal workplace conducted by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California - Hastings College of Law. Four main biases - Prove-It-Again, Maternal Wall, Tug of War, and Tightrope - are described both in numbers and in illustrative anecdotes by respondents to the researchers' survey. Law firms and corporate legal departments are provided with toolkits to interrupt these harmful biases in their business systems, so attorneys of all genders and colors have the opportunity to advance their careers and contribute to the profession.

    Please note: If you wish to download the report more than once (e.g., on different devices), please do not complete another transaction. Your "My ABA" dashboard will show "Order History" and you can click the download link from your original transaction as many times as you like. Thank you.

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    Commission On Women In the Profession, Minority Corporate Counsel Association

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    4920052

    Publication Date

    2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

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