Join the IADC at 10:00 a.m. CDT on Thursday, October 28, 2021 as we continue our diversity and inclusion discussions focusing on identifying ways each of us can become more than allies in the fight for racial equality in the legal profession and social justice.
While the legal industry has responded to the call to close the gap on gender disparity and promote gender parity in law firms, women are still waiting to see real progress. Recent publications such as the Law360 Glass Ceiling Report show that while hires and promotions are growing for women at the bottom levels of law firms, it is declining at the higher ownership and management levels. And these statistics are nearly three times worse when it comes to the promotion and attrition of women of color who far too often feel unseen within their firms and by judges and even clients. As a result, while the small strides we have made as women have helped a certain few to get closer to that glass ceiling, for most women of color it remains out of reach. This discussion will examine how our efforts to promote women equality in the legal industry are somehow leaving women of color behind and why women of color are still asked, “Are you really a lawyer?”
Our panel will discuss how racial and ethnic stereotypes affect and promote disparity in recruitment, retention, and promotion of women of color both in the United States and internationally. Our panelists will share personal stories and concrete action items that will include steps you can take to educate yourself on the unique daily struggles women of color face in the work space, cultivate more accepting, welcoming social spaces for women of color, and end social inequality.
Stacy Lynne Douglas, Everett Dorey, LLP, Los Angeles, California USA with assistance from Melissa Lin, Righi Fitch Law Group, Phoenix, Arizona USA
Aisha Abdallah, Anjarwalla & Khanna LLP - The Africa Legal Network, Nairobi, Kenya
Sneha Desai, BASF Corporation, Florham Park, New Jersey USA
Sherylle Francis, Sherylle Francis, P.A., Southwest Ranches, Florida USA
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