I’m attending the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s annual Bench & Bar, speaking tomorrow on ethics. Last night, had a great time visiting with a number of great lawyers, many of them highly experienced women.
What I heard shocked me.
Each of the women in the conversation were very successful in their careers. Each was in a different place — in-house, government, private practice. Each had different practice backgrounds, ranging from due diligence/MA type stuff, to litigation, to prosecution.
All shared stories of appalling sexism. Each had been taken as the assistant for the actual lawyer. Each had been called things like “missy” and the like. And each had experienced this at high levels of practice, in recent years, not at some point long ago.
I know that bad behavior occurs, but I was floored by some of the specific stories — can’t share because of confidentiality — but we can do better!