Bias Interrupters in the Legal Profession

The Center is building upon its decades of research about women and the law to examine, for the first time, exactly how racial and gender bias play out in the legal profession and how to stop it.

Report: Interrupting Racial & Gender Bias in Law

For decades we have been documenting the lack of women and people of color in leadership positions in the field of law, and lamenting the high turnover rates for these groups, especially for women of color.

For the first time, we attempted to pinpoint exactly where and how bias is playing out in the legal profession, and offer precise tools to combat it, in the new report, “You Can’t Change What You Can’t See, Interrupting Racial & Gender Bias in the Legal Profession.”

Commissioned by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the Center for WorkLife Law administered a 10-minute Workplace Experiences Survey to a national sample of lawyers. Based on decades of studies, the survey captured a snapshot of the workplace climate for women and people of color working in law.

Read the Executive Summary Read the Appendix


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For press inquiries about the report, contact lead author Joan C. Williams:

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