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ABA Bias Interrupters Project – You Can’t Change What You Can’t See

Bias Interrupters Project – You Can’t Change What You Can’t See: Interrupting Racial and Gender Bias in the Legal Profession – “In partnership with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), the Commission is proud to release a new research report to reduce gender and racial 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. Some of the findings include:

  • Women lawyers of color were eight times more likely than white men to report that they had been mistaken for janitorial staff, administrative staff, or court personnel.
  • 80% of white men, but only 63% of white women, 59% of men of color, and 53% of women of color reported that they had equal opportunities for high-quality assignments.
  • Around half of all women lawyers (49% of white women, 51% of women of color) reported that credit for their contributions was stolen by somebody else.
  • The Executive Summary of the research is available to the public for free.  Access it here.
  • The full report is available to ABA members.

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