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Where Are the Women Litigators?

NYSBA Journal
May 2017

Lauren Wachtler's co-authored article, "Where Are the Women Litigators?" was published in the New York State Bar Association Journal.

There has been much written and discussed during the last decade about whether women are appearing in court with the expected frequency given their numbers in the profession. The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section counts among its former chairs a substantial number of prominent women litigators as well as a former United States District Judge and a former President of the New York State Bar Association. These alumnae banded together and with the full support and commitment of the Section's leadership formed an ad hoc task force devoted to the issue of women litigators in the courtroom. The task force began its work in 2016 and has undertaken a project seeking to diagnose whether there is a disparity - and, if there is, to make concrete suggestions to eradicate it. 

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