These are the kinds of questions we should be asking ourselves as a profession. And not just us, but also other professions and industries that have been traditionally dominated by men. In fact, women make up 30% of workers in Massachusetts – yet only 14% of our attorneys practicing before the state’s highest court! It is time for change – both within our profession and beyond it.
We need to be better about working together to address gender issues in law school admissions, hiring practices at corporations, career paths for women lawyers who leave the practice – and much more – all with an eye towards improving outcomes for all minority groups seeking access to justice. As a profession we must work harder than ever to ensure fair treatment of people from every walk of life who seek legal representation when they face discrimination or injustice through no fault of their own.