Women in Law

Jackson Attorney Wright Honored as Top Influential Woman

Jackson attorney Pam Ford Wright was recently honored with the Sterling Award as one of West Tennessee’s 20 Most Influential Women. She received the award for her focus on improving access to health services, elder care and caregiver support while working as a public interest attorney. Wright, owner of the Wright Law Firm PLLC and member of the TBA Elder Law Section Executive Council, was an attorney with West Tennessee Legal Services for many years.

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Study: Women at Wall Street Firms Are Rarely Partners

Law360’s third annual “Glass Ceiling Report” revealed women at Wall Street firms are rarely promoted to partners, the ABA Journal reports. Of the 8,549 attorneys practicing at Wall Street firms, only 3.9 percent are female partners, compared to male partners at 17.1 percent. The study (sub. req.) noted 40 percent of law school graduates are women.

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Female Lawyers Struggle to Join Corporate Boards

“If you are female and a lawyer, getting a seat on a corporate board is even more complicated.” Law Practice Today explains the “glacial pace” of transition to diverse boards, and offers advice for women fighting misconceptions about putting a lawyer on a board. “At the board level, the lawyer is not there to be a nay-sayer, but a creative problem solver,” said Bobbi Liebenberg, who chairs DirectWomen, an organization founded to advocate for women lawyers to serve on corporate boards.

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Female Lawyers, Judges Earn Less Than Males

In all law-related jobs, median pay for female workers in 2014 was 51.6 percent of the pay received by male workers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The data also revealed median pay for full-time female lawyers was 77.4 percent of the pay earned by their male counterparts, and female judges, magistrates and other judicial workers earned 71.8 percent of men’s pay in those occupations. “…Women are often labeled as greedy and aggressive and not team driven when asking for a well-deserved raise and bonus,” said ABA President Laurel Bellows. Read more from the ABA Journal.

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Female Judges 'Desperately Needed,' Author Says

In the highest state courts across the country, only 29 percent of judges are women, according to the National Association for Women Judges. Penny J. White, professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, says the lack of females in courtrooms can me attributed to a lack of women in the “back rooms” where deals are made. Read more from The Washington Post.

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