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A Conversation on the Barriers of Advancement and Retention of Women Lawyers and Insights into Gender Discrimination in Utah – a 2020 Study
Please join Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner for her monthly dean’s book review. This month we will be discussing the findings of the survey, Barriers to Advancement: Findings from the 2020 Study of Gender & Racial Bias in Utah’s Legal Profession, along with insights into gender discrimination in Utah. This topic was selected because March is Women’s History Month.
On the panel will be Dr. Christy Glass, Professor of Sociology & Interim Director Center for Intersectional Gender Studies & Research, Utah State University, Mica McKinney, Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Utah State University and Margaret Plane, Special Counsel, Park City Municipal Corporation. They will discuss the findings of the survey, discrimination in Utah and some helpful guidance and recommendations for increasing representation of women and avoiding bias in hiring and promotion decisions.
To view the study please visit https://initiative.utahwomenlawyers.org/
The study took the findings from over forty-five interviews that took place with a diverse group of interviewees, including women of color, LGBTQ+ women, solo practitioners, judges and women employed outside of the Salt Lake City area. Interview questions focused on work history, career mobility and work/life balance.
Project Summary of the Study
This study examined barriers to the advancement and retention of women lawyers in Utah. The following report summarizes findings from a statewide survey and in-depth interviews with women lawyers and judges across the state. To analyze changes over time and compare Utah against national trends, the survey replicated the 2010 Women Lawyers of Utah (WLU) survey and the 2018 survey administered by the American Bar Association (ABA). We find evidence of substantial gender and racial bias in Utah’s legal profession and minimal improvement over time on key bias indicators.
The purpose of this study was to identify barriers to the advancement and retention of women lawyers in the State of Utah. Ranking last in the nation in terms of women’s overall professional advancement and the gender wage gap, Utah represents a unique professional landscape for women. This context has important implications for women’s advancement in law, as the current study finds that in Utah women comprise 44% of law school graduates yet only 12% of law firm partners.
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