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Erika Yitzhak LawWhat comes to mind when you think of a courtroom? Do you conjure images of judges in black robes, a group of jurors, and a bible on which you swear to speak the truth? While all of these are true, one thing has become appallingly clear. The place in which thousands go to seek justice, houses one of the greatest modern injustices perpetrated today.
A recent survey conducted over 17,000 law firms revealed a troubling trend. Only 4 percent of the top U.S. law firms have women in leadership, or firm-wide management roles. Along with this staggeringly low percentile, of those few women able to work in this industry, twice as many are likely to leave to better achieve their own level of work to life balance, elsewhere. Meaning in a male dominated profession, women not only have fewer jobs, they leave them for other, more promising opportunities.
The issue can be traced back to outmoded ways of thinking perpetrated by older firms. By preventing women from achieving leadership roles, you prevent gender-positive change on a larger scale, and keep the status quo where it has been for years. By capping the majority of female practitioners progress at the level of “associate attorney,” over a third of the overall lawyer population is kept from advancing their careers.
The biggest reason for continuing this farce is that women are viewed as “semi-committed” to their work, locking them into an inescapable double standard. By assuming a woman is seeking to start a family, firms feel they are unable to meet the 24/7 requirements of such a demanding workplace. This is not only incorrect, but entirely unfair.
These glaring inequalities existing in an institution that prides itself on justice is an embarrassing crack in the foundation of what they espouse. How can a system fairly judge when they are guilty of a crime said to be expunged years ago? This cannot be allowed to continue, or the pillars of justice will crumble under the weight of their own hypocrisy,

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