President's Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession

  • Dedicates its time and energy to promote the full participation of women lawyers in the legal profession.
  • Supports women in both their professional and personal growth from entry-level to partnership or general counsel.
  • Advises on issues related to the careers and advancement of women in the practice of law in Los Angeles.  
  • Considers matters and engages in activities related to the overall status of women in the legal professions.
  • Monitors existing conditions and trends, conducts special programs and makes recommendations that aid in the achievement of its goals, including but not limited to, gender pay equity and retention of women in the legal profession.
  • Coordinates its efforts with the committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession, and other appropriate committees and affiliated associations.

 

REPORTS AND STUDIES

General Counsel Letter, signed by 170 in-house lawyers, to Law Firms About Diversity (January 2019)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EfzrIJ_nxOpaZTSAdVu_ercVGCbLEZpU/view
The Open Letter to Law Firm Partners from 170 General Counsel: “We are General Counsels and Chief Legal Officers of more than 170 companies. We represent public and private companies, start-ups, and non-profit organizations. … We expect the outside law firms we retain to reflect the diversity of the legal community and the companies and the customers we serve.”


The Best Law Schools For Women (2019)

Law school may be the perfect place for women in America to resist, persist, and prove that the future is female.
https://abovethelaw.com/2018/11/the-best-law-schools-for-women-2019/


Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up (October 2018)

For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t.
https://www.law360.com/employment/articles/1088020


Female Lawyers Face Widespread Gender Bias, According to New Survey (October 2018)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kimelsesser/2018/10/01/female-lawyers-face-widespread-gender-bias-according-to-new-study/#364684424b55


Bias Interrupters (2018)

In partnership with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession released a research report, You Can't Change What You Can't See, designed to reduce the effects of bias in law firms and corporate legal departments. The survey data were prepared by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California - Hastings.
Bias Interrupters


ZERO Tolerance (2018)

Since 1992, the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession has been tackling sexual harassment in the workplace. Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex- Based Harassment in the Legal Profession builds on that work and introduces new information to the next generation. The Zero Tolerance Program educates women lawyers and firms alike on the signs and symptoms of an unhealthy work environment and the best practices to correct it.
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/initiatives_awards/the-zero-tolerance-program-toolkit/


The Grit Project (December 2018)

The ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession Grit Project educates women lawyers about the science behind grit and growth mindset - two important traits that many successful women lawyers have in common. By providing the tools to assess and learn these traits, the Grit Project enhances the effectiveness as well as the retention and promotion of women lawyers
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/initiatives_awards/grit-project/


Women of Color Research Initiative (Toolkit October 2018)

Following three cutting-edge research studies that analyzed the career trajectories and experiences of women of color and the prevalence of factors that support or undermine their retention and advancement, the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession has developed the Women of Color Research Initiative Program Toolkit. This Toolkit guides you every step of the way and provides you with all the necessary tools to conduct a conference to inform on the research and strategies that will ensure the success of women of color.
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/initiatives_awards/women_of_color_research_initiative/


Women-Owned Law Firms Surge Amid Gender Disparity in the Profession (October 2018)

https://www.law.com/2018/10/09/women-owned-law-firms-surge-amid-gender-disparity-in-the-profession/?slreturn=20190012210326


Report Finds Female Path to Law Firm Partnership a Sluggish Crawl (October 2018)

https://www.law.com/americanlawyer/2018/10/10/new-report-finds-female-path-to-law-firm-partnership-a-sluggish-crawl/


The Glass Ceiling Report: A ‘Bleak’ Picture For Women In The Legal Profession (2018)

https://abovethelaw.com/2018/05/the-glass-ceiling-report-a-bleak-picture-for-women-in-the-legal-profession/


Lawyers Say They Face Persistent Racial and Gender Bias at Work (Sept 2018)

www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/us/lawyers-bias-racial-gender.html


Women-Owned Law Firms Surge Amid Gender Disparity in the Profession (October 2018)

https://www.law.com/2018/10/09/women-owned-law-firms-surge-amid-gender-disparity-in-the-profession/?slreturn=20190012210326


2018 National Association of Women Lawyers Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms

https://www.nawl.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1163


2018 Partner Compensation Survey  

Major, Lindsey & Africa

Click here to read a report concluding that a pay gap remains between men and women partners.


Law Review Article:

Nevertheless She Persisted:
From Mrs. Bradwell to Annalise Keating, Gender Bias in the Courtroom

Click here to read an article by committee member Christine Chambers Goodman. Originally appeared in the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2017


WOMEN LAWYERS IN THE NEWS…

Saint Judy: Opens March 1:

A new movie about immigration attorney Judy Wood, longtime LACBA member who pioneered groundbreaking legal change in asylum cases for women. (February 2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8qvdfdQ9xA

First female judge on the DC Circuit dies at age 90 (January 2019)

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/first-female-judge-on-the-dc-circuit-dies-at-age-90/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email

Florence Casler: The woman who developed 1920s Downtown LA

- Curbed LA (December 2018)

https://la.curbed.com/2015/3/12/9983632/florence-casler-developer-downtown-los-angeles


EVENTS

Events focused on women lawyers

- See also the websites of our affiliate bar associations, such as: WLALA, https://www.wlala.org/; BWL, http://www.blackwomenlawyersla.org/)

September 21, 2019:  the 100th Anniversary of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

(see WLALA.ORG for more details)