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Upcoming Focus Groups Uncover Why Women Leave the Law

March 16, 2018, ABF news

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) has teamed up with the American Bar Association (ABA) to host focus groups across the nation in hopes to find answers on why women leave the legal profession.

The focus groups are part of the ABF’s research on the long-term career success of women in the law, led by Roberta D. Liebenberg, senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C., and Stephanie A. Scharf, founding partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC. This collaborative research project is part of ABA President Hilarie Bass’ Initiative on “Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law.” The goal of the project is to better understand the unique career dynamics facing women lawyers, identifying the reasons that foster or impede their careers in the law.

Each focus group will consist of both women and men who received their JDs between 1982 and 2002 who have practiced law for 15 or more years. Participants will include those actively practicing law in firms or in-house, and those no longer practicing law. Please learn more here.

If you are interested in participating in this research, know individuals who might be interested in participating, or you would like additional information about this study, please contact Caroline Tipler, Research Social Scientist at the ABF, at

Posted by: Cheyenne Blount

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