In an epic month she’ll long remember, Mayanne Downs, who will become GrayRobinson’s first woman president and managing director Sept. 1.[…]
More women attorneys, judges and prosecutors are rising to leadership positions. But Florida has a long way to go in the legal workplace. A 2015 Florida Bar young lawyers division survey on women in the legal profession found 43 percent of respondents experienced gender bias, and more than a quarter said they had resigned from a job for lack of advancement opportunity, lack of work-life balance or because of employer insensitivity.
Women currently make up about 37 percent of Florida Bar membership, up from 27 percent in 2000. They make up 38 percent of trial court judges, 21 percent of district courts of appeal judges and 29 percent of Florida Supreme Court justices. Nationally, about half of law school graduates are women, according to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession.[…]
Nonetheless, Florida’s women lawyers have come a long way since the early 1960s when Harvard Law School graduate Janet Reno was turned down for a job at one of Miami’s largest law firms because of her sex, according to the Florida Bar Journal. Reno, of course, went on to become the top prosecutor in Miami and the first woman U.S. attorney general under former President Bill Clinton in 1993.
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