New York State Bar Association’s Thirteenth Annual Edith I. Spivack Symposium, Committee on Women in the Law
Though law school classes have been composed of approximately 50% women for many years and there are about the same number of women associates joining law firms as men, women are still less likely to appear as lead counsel or trial counsel in both criminal and civil matters. In fact, a recent study found that men are nearly four times more likely to appear as trial attorneys than women. This panel, comprised by current and retired state and federal judges and prominent former Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Cohen, addressed the importance of women in the state and federal judiciary and as trial attorneys. The impact that this representation has had on the legal community and on women litigants, including in arbitrations and mediations, was analyzed as part of this discussion.
The panelists also discussed their career paths, issues and challenges they have faced, and the qualities and skills women attorneys need in order to become leaders in the courtroom and beyond.