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Women in the Law Novel Study and Program

On February 21, 2023 New Jersey Women Lawyers Association in conjunction with Rutgers Center for Women and Work and Rutgers Law School Institute for Professional Education held a panel that discussed the continued challenges related to advancing and retaining women in the law and ensuring pay equality. These challenges were noted in the August 2022 Report entitled, “Women In Private Law Firms: Slow Progress on Equality of Promotion and Compensation Women in Law Report,” issued by the Rutgers Center on Women and Work, and are being addressed in the first of its kind NJ-centric study on all sectors of women lawyers launched through the Rutgers Law School International Human Rights Clinic Study on Women in the Law in New Jersey.

The New Jersey study is broadly focusing on challenges faced by women in the New Jersey legal profession in all sectors and will not be limited to women lawyers in private practice. In addition to private law firms, it will cover the experiences of women in a wide array of sectors, including in-house counsel, government, public interest, academia and the judiciary, as well as those women who have left the legal profession. We are seeking focus group participants. Please contact to participate in a focus group on these important issues.

The February 21, 2023 Women in Law program was moderated by Debra Lancaster, Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Women and Work, and other speakers include Penny Venetis, Esq., Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law/Director, International Human Rights Clinic; Yana Rodgers, Faculty Director, Rutgers Center for Women and Work; Karol Corbin Walker, Esq., Partner, Kaufman Dolowich and Voluck; and Sandra Yamate, Esq., CEO, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.