Barriers to Female Success in Law Firms

Lauren Rikleen, a Partner at Bowditch & Dewey, has published a new book on women and the law. (Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law.) In it, Rikleen documents institutional barriers that women face in advancing in law firms. She offers practical suggestions to help law firms deal with the lack of female advancement in the legal profession. While I have not had the chance to read the book yet, I am expecting a great read. When Rikleen was President of the Boston Bar Association (19898-1999) she spearheaded a major research project on work/life balance in the law which resulted in a terrific report entitled “Facing the Grail – Confronting the Costs of Work/Family Imbalance” .

Rikleen’s book was mentioned in this past Sunday’s New York Times in an article on the same subject.

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