Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New study of women lawyers by US and Canadian authors

I heard these two women, Fiona Kay of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and Elizabeth Gorman of the University of Virginia, speak about women lawyers at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association last spring. Now, they have a joint publication forthcoming. Here's the abstract:
In recent years, the legal profession has undergone significant change, with rapidly rising numbers of women among its membership. Scholars of legal history, sociology, economics, organizational behavior, and law have examined various dimensions of the feminization of the legal profession. This review traces the parameters of integration and inequality in the careers of women and men in the contemporary legal profession. We document and assess the theoretical explanations of gender inequalities that persist across legal education, hiring, remuneration, promotions, and other professional opportunities in law. We also examine women's responses to their experiences and women's impact on the law and the profession.
It appears that the full paper is not yet available for downloading, but here is the link to the abstract on ssrn.com, where the full paper is likely to be available later.

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