Diversity In The Profession: Is It Still An Issue?

Bench & Bar, by Susan HoldenAugust 10, 2005

Bench & Bar, by Susan Holden

Is gender diversity still an issue?

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O' Connor has given us a time not only to reflect on her career and her pivotal role on the United States Supreme Court, but also to reflect on the status of women and other minorities in the legal profession. Justice O' Connor was the first woman to serve as a justice on our nation's highest court and in the 24 years she served as one of the nine most influential lawyers in the country, women made significant strides in the profession.

There is no doubt that there are more women attorneys working in today's legal profession. Over the past three decades women have gone from numbering only a handful of incoming first-year law students to currently comprising more than half of their class.

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