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ABA Commission on Women in the Profession | From Visible Invisibility to Visible Success: Success Strategies for Law Firms and Women of Color in Law Firms

In the groundbreaking study Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms, the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession analyzed the challenges that women of color in private practice face, including demeaning comments or harassment; a lack of networking opportunities; denial of assignments; a lack of access to billable hours; limited client development opportunities; unfair performance evaluations; and lower compensation.

EXCERPT: Access to mentors, sponsors, or champions was limited. Many of the women realized early in their careers that they were not going to be “adopted” by partner mentors the same way they saw their peers being mentored. Nonetheless, the thread of “making mentors” where none existed was woven through many of the women’s experiences, especially in their realization that they needed to reach across to the white male partners in order for their careers to be successful. One woman recalled that “my life learning lesson . . . is that you really need mentors across races.”

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Inclusive Communications & InteractionsInclusive CulturesPromotion & AdvancementRace/EthnicitySystemic Bias Interruption in Promotion & AdvancementWomen
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