Gender Diversity and Disparity in the Legal Profession: An Empirical Analysis of the Gender Profile in National Law Firms and Law Schools

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Buff. L. Rev.

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Adams, Edward S.; Engel, Samuel P.
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Gender representation in the context of large law firms has received extensive scholarly attention and has been the subject of multiple Supreme Court cases.1 Recently, Ellen Pao lost a highly publicized gender discrimination case against Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers.2 The case unveiled disturbing gender discrimination that affects the lives of many people, especially in the legal profession. With a renewed attack on the “gender gap,” and on cultural sexism in the highest areas of business and law, the question remains: where are we today? How bad is gender discrimination in these desirable fields? What disadvantages do women face and how disparate are employment standards between the two genders?