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Posted on: Feb 29, 2016

By Lucy Dollens, Quarles & Brady LLP

A recent article in the ABA Journal expounds on a concerning, continued trend regarding the retention of minority women attorneys in the U.S.  Inthe article, Minority women are disappearing from BigLaw--and here's why by Liane Jackson, the author discusses the statistics, stating: "[e]ighty-five percent of minority female attorneys in the U.S. will quit large firms within seven years of starting their practice. According to the research and personal stories these women share, it’s not because they want to leave, or because they “can’t cut it.” It’s because they feel they have no choice."  The article discusses various representative experiences, focusing on potential underlying issues.  Raising awareness of such issues can lead to positive change among BigLaw.

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