Authored By: Iris Garrett
It appears female lawyers are still not being largely represented in the legal field. According to a new “Glass Ceiling Report” by Law360, women made up less than 35 percent of lawyers surveyed at the end of 2016. The report, which surveys a total of 300 U.S. law firms with 20 or more domestic attorneys, also shows little progress for women since 2015 with a less than 1 percent increase in their representation.
The Law360 report puts the percentage of female equity partners at its surveyed firms at “just shy of 20 percent” and finds that only 17 percent of the firms had 40 percent or more women on their legal staff.
According to an article in the ABA Journal, the Law360 findings disappointed Joan Williams, the director at the University of California at Hastings Law School. Williams told the publication that the small improvements were not enough, “It just hasn’t risen substantially in decades… what we should be looking for is progress, and that’s not what we’re seeing.”
Organizations like the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) are continuously working to empower women in the legal field. The organization has helped provide leadership, a collective voice and essential resources toward their advancement since 1899.
To find out more about NAWL’s most recent endeavors, click here.
To see the full findings from the Law360 report, click here.
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