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Coming Up for Air: WOMEN IN LAW AND ADAPTING TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers and reporters covering the legal profession regularly highlighted the trend of female lawyers leaving private practice. Although more than half of U.S. law school students are female, only one-third become practicing lawyers and less than 20 percent of those practicing lawyers earn equity partner status in private practice. In January 2020, Lori Mihalich-Levin’s Vault article, “Why Women Leave Law Firms,” reported “…the data make clear, experienced women lawyers bear a disproportionate brunt of responsibility for arranging for care, leaving work when needed by the child, children’s extracurricular activities, and evening and daytime childcare. Any one of these factors affects the time and effort expected for a successful law practice, and the combination competes all the more for a lawyer’s time.” Read more…