Sheryl Axelrod’s Article, “The Underrepresentation of Women at the Highest Levels of the Legal Profession,” Was Published by the American Bar Association’s Award-Winning Law Practice Today e-Magazine

Sheryl Axelrod’s sobering, data-driven piece, “Despite All the Profession Has to Gain from our Greater Inclusion: The Under-Representation of Women at the Highest Levels of the Legal Profession,” was published by the American Bar Association’s award-winning Law Practice Today e-magazine. 

You can read it for free here.

As she discusses in it, the legal profession is in crisis, with a gross underrepresentation of women at the top of its leadership ranks, especially women of color and LBT+ women.

She thanks the remarkable women who generously contributed important and thoughtful quotes to the piece:

  1. Jamie Augustinsky of PENN Entertainment, Inc (who also kindly gave feedback and suggested edits to initial drafts of it);
  2. Lisa Savitt of The Axelrod Firm;
  3. Amanda J. Davidson of Fine and Staud LLP;
  4. Sharina Rodriguez of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Employment Attorneys; 
  5. Marguerite Willis of Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
  6. Jamie Rudman Kloosterman of Sanchez & Amador, LLP; and
  7. Leslie Davis, CEO of National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).

She also extends her gratitude to those who have studied these matters, whose stellar works she cites in the piece, including:

  1. Destiny Peery;
  2. Paulette Brown;
  3. Eileen M. Letts;
  4. Corrine Propas Parver;
  5. Cory Amron;
  6. Lorelie Masters;
  7. The National Association of Women Judges;
  8. McKinsey & Company;
  9. Women Lawyers on Guard; and
  10. The Commission on Women ABA (the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession)

Sheryl plans to write a follow-up article on what we can do to solve this problem but first, we have to come to grips with the profound scope of it, and barriers to its improvement.