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.
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:
- Jamie Augustinsky of PENN Entertainment, Inc (who also kindly gave feedback and suggested edits to initial drafts of it);
- Lisa Savitt of The Axelrod Firm;
- Amanda J. Davidson of Fine and Staud LLP;
- Sharina Rodriguez of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Employment Attorneys;
- Marguerite Willis of Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
- Jamie Rudman Kloosterman of Sanchez & Amador, LLP; and
- 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:
- Destiny Peery;
- Paulette Brown;
- Eileen M. Letts;
- Corrine Propas Parver;
- Cory Amron;
- Lorelie Masters;
- The National Association of Women Judges;
- McKinsey & Company;
- Women Lawyers on Guard; and
- 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.