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New ABA Guide Helps Law Firms Objectively Evaluate Female Associates

Posted Aug 21, 2008 6:53 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Law firms often lament the difficulty of retaining female attorneys, as the number of women partners continues to lag.

But even those who mean well can fall victim to unconscious stereotyping, making it more difficult for women to rise through the law firm ranks, according to a book recently published by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

Its newly revised guidebook, Fair Measure, offers specific suggestions, including a step-by-step process and forms that can be used by supervising attorneys and associates themselves to help correct for such unconscious bias and objectively evaluate both women and men.

Additional coverage:

Blog of Legal Times: "ABA Releases Guide on Gender Bias in Firms"

ABAJournal.com: "Want More Women Partners? Then Name Them, Blogger Tells Firms"

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