Gender and Global Lawyering: Where are the Women?

34 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2013 Last revised: 21 Jun 2013

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Steven Boutcher

University of Massachusetts - Institute for Social Science Research

Carole Silver

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; American Bar Foundation

Date Written: April 29, 2013

Abstract

The dual processes of diversity and globalization are responsible for significant growth among U.S. law firms: female lawyers account for much of the increase in headcount in large law firms over the last several decades, and lawyers educated and licensed in jurisdictions outside of the U.S. have helped U.S.-based law firms expand internationally. This article draws on data gathered from lawyer biographies to examine the relationship between gender diversity and globalization, and considers whether career strategies that involve the international movement of lawyers are equally powerful for women and men. Our research suggests that gender inequality is not erased by globalization, and in fact may be reinforced in certain contexts.

Keywords: gender, globalization, legal profession

JEL Classification: F01, J44, J61

Suggested Citation

Boutcher, Steven and Silver, Carole, Gender and Global Lawyering: Where are the Women? (April 29, 2013). Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies No. 237. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2258221

Steven Boutcher

University of Massachusetts - Institute for Social Science Research ( email )

Carole Silver (Contact Author)

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law ( email )

750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

American Bar Foundation ( email )

750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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