Black female lawyers face the double jeopardy of racial and gender stereotyping

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Dec 11, 2017

    Vivia Chen writes, "As tough as it is for black lawyers to rise to the top in law firms, it’s even tougher for black female attorneys.

    Though black women have outnumbered black men in law schools for about two decades, they constitute only a fraction of the already tiny number of black partners at major firms: Less than two percent of Big Law partners are black, and 0.56 percent are female and black. Black women are the minority within the minority.

    Even the best-credentialed black female lawyers seem to fare poorly. According to a new Harvard Law School study of black alumni, male black alums were more likely to be partners than their female counterparts (of those in private practice, 47.4 percent men versus 28.6 women were partners), and far more likely to have leadership roles (92 percent of all black alums who’ve served as managing partners or department heads have been men).

    If these high-credentialed women aren’t making it, what does it mean for African-American female lawyers overall?"

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    Released: December 11, 2017, 11:54 am
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