The Struggle is Real: Breaking Down the Barriers and Halting the Mass Exodus of Women from Law

Presented at the 2021 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference

The American Bar Association 2021 study, “Practicing Law in the Pandemic and Moving Forward”, found that the pandemic has intensified the disproportionate burdens and pressures that women lawyers, particularly those with young children, and lawyers of color were already facing prior to the pandemic.

That study also found a significant gap in how effective managing partners and senior partners rated their firms’ efforts to promote and retain senior women attorneys, compared to the views of experienced women attorneys themselves. Firms and legal departments underestimate the impediments women face to be successful in law and they overestimate the initiatives they’ve created to try to assist.

If leaders do not wake up to this approaching reality, legal employers risk losing a sizable cohort of talented women lawyers and losing all the ground we have gained as a profession the last ten plus years.

This panel will discuss work culture, rethinking policies and practices and strategies on how to retain talented women in the legal profession.

Mike Jackson – Assistant General Counsel/Senior Director-Compliance & Ethics & D&I Lead, Microsoft Corporation

Deneen Donnley – Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Tamaron Houston – Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Jill Louis – Dallas Office Managing Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Caroline Tsai – Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Western Union

The Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference focuses on global diversity and inclusion, talent optimization, inclusive leadership and management to bolster the promotion and retention of diverse attorneys. The program offers practical development tools, best practices and resources for individual lawyers and organizations.

To learn more about the 2021 Pathways Conference, visit: https://www.mcca.com/events/pathways/pathways-2021/

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The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is committed to advancing the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers in law departments and law firms by providing research, best practices, professional development and training, and through pipeline initiatives.

As the preeminent voice on diversity issues in the legal profession, MCCA accomplishes its mission through industry-shaping publications, research, and training, innovative pipeline initiatives, and curated events designed to connect its members to thought-leaders and one another. MCCA takes an inclusive approach to the definition of “diversity.” Therefore, its research and training addresses issues of race/ ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status and generational differences which impact the legal profession’s workforce.

Over the years, MCCA’s thought leadership has been widely recognized. The association has received several awards including recognition by the Association of Corporate Counsel, the National LGBT Bar Association, the National Minority Business Council, Inc. and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

To learn more about MCCA, visit: https://www.mcca.com/
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