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Thursday, Apr. 26, 2007
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The Hon. Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, will discuss the goals of the Equality Commission at the May 2 briefing.

Equality Commission to announce release of "Women Lawyers and Obstacles to Leadership" report, May 2

The Equality Commission invites MBA members to a briefing on a groundbreaking report entitled "Women Lawyers and Obstacles to Leadership." The MBA is a co-sponsor of this program.

Based on a survey conducted by the MIT Workplace Center, the report tracks the career paths of nearly 1,000 women and men in Massachusetts law firms, revealing a stacked deck facing women and complex family factors that result in their large scale exodus from firms. At the same time, it dispels the myth that women are leaving law firms to stay at home by tracing their departures to workplace destinations that recognize family needs.

The briefing will be on Wednesday, May 2 in the jury room of the Moakley Federal Courthouse, Boston. A reception will follow.

The briefing will feature:

  • The Hon. Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District Court presenting an overview of the Equality Commission's goals;
  • The authors of the report from the MIT Workplace Center highlighting the study's findings; and
  • Lauren Stiller Rikleen, author of "Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law," discussing how to address the problems cited in the report.

Each attendee will receive a copy of the report. If you have any questions, contact Pamela Berman.

NOTE: All attendees will need two forms of identification to enter the courthouse. Members of the press must advise us in advance, in order to arrange for appropriate security clearance. To do so, contact Kim Tavares, event coordinator at the Moakley Courthouse, via e-mail, or by phone at (617) 261-2440, ext. 233.


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