"Toughen Up, Buttercup" versus #TimesUp: Initial Findings of the ABA Women in Criminal Justice Task Force

58 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2021 Last revised: 28 Jan 2021

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Maryam Ahranjani

University of New Mexico - School of Law

Abstract

"Practicing criminal law as a woman is like playing tackle football in a dress.” Andrea George, Executive Director of the Federal Public Defender for Eastern Washington and Idaho, began her testimony to the American Bar Association’s Women in Criminal Justice Task Force with that powerful observation. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the ABA has focused on ways to enhance gender equity in the profession and in the justice system. The Criminal Justice Section of the ABA has invested significant resources in the creation of the Women in Criminal Justice Task Force (WCJ TF), which launched its work in January 2019. Written by the WCJ TF Reporter, this Article describes the current status of women criminal lawyers by situating the Task Force’s research within the larger literature on gender equity in the legal profession and in criminal law in particular, sharing unique original qualitative data from the project’s listening sessions, and proposing solutions and next steps for supporting women who choose the important societal role of criminal attorney.

Suggested Citation

Ahranjani, Maryam, "Toughen Up, Buttercup" versus #TimesUp: Initial Findings of the ABA Women in Criminal Justice Task Force. Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2020, UNM School of Law Research Paper No. 2021-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3769698

Maryam Ahranjani (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico - School of Law ( email )

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