Walking out the Door: the Facts, Figures, and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice

    By Roberta D Liebenberg and Stephanie A Scharf

    Walking out the Door: the Facts, Figures, and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice

    Walking out the Door: the Facts, Figures, and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice

    By Roberta D Liebenberg and Stephanie A Scharf

    A report from the American Bar Association and ALM Intelligence, Walking Out the Door addresses why senior women are far more likely than men to leave the practice of law.

    Women surveyed were far more likely than men to report factors that blocked their "access to success," including lacking access to business development opportunities, being perceived as less committed to career and being denied promotion.

    Walking out the Door: the Facts, Figures, and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice

    By Roberta D Liebenberg and Stephanie A Scharf

    Walking out the Door: the Facts, Figures, and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice

    Walking out the Door: the Facts, Figures, and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice

    By Roberta D Liebenberg and Stephanie A Scharf

    A report from the American Bar Association and ALM Intelligence, Walking Out the Door addresses why senior women are far more likely than men to leave the practice of law.

    Women surveyed were far more likely than men to report factors that blocked their "access to success," including lacking access to business development opportunities, being perceived as less committed to career and being denied promotion.

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    This first-of-its-kind study sought to answer three related questions:

    • What are the everyday experiences that contribute to the success of women and men in big firm practice?
    • Why do experienced women stay in large firms and why do they leave?
    • What are law firms doing to advance women into the top echelons of leadership, what actually works and where is innovation needed?

    The study includes input from more than 1,200 big firm lawyers who have been in practice for at least 15 years.

    Product Details

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    Commission On Women In the Profession

    Publishers

    ABA Book Publishing

    Product Code

    4920053PDF

    Sponsors

    Commission On Women In the Profession

    Publishers

    ABA Book Publishing

    Page Count

    36

    Product Code

    4920053

    Trim Size

    8.5 x 11

    Publication Date

    11/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

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