This months' issue of Black Enterprise takes a look at what’s working—and what’s not—for women of color in the legal profession...
THE LEGAL PROFESSION CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE MOST challenging industries for black women. Although studies, statistics, and personal testimonies show that female attorneys tend to fare better in corporate legal contexts than in law firm settings, even the corporate environment presents many familiar challenges, such as managing internal politics, finding appropriate and effective mentors, and attaining access to senior-level executives.
In a new study conducted by Corporate Counsel Women of Color (www.ccwomenofcolor.org), a support group for its more than 2,500 members who work for large corporations, these challenges are addressed. Through a Web-based survey and live audience testing at the organization’s fifh annual conference, The Perspective of Women of Color Attorneys in Corporate Legal Departments reports data from 1,300 female attorneys of color who were asked to reflect on their professional experiences in the workplace—ranging from promotional opportunities and barriers to advancement to comparisons between law firms and corporate settings.
We recommend that you pick up this month's issue for the full story. You can also click here to read a synopsis of the article by Sonia Alleyne.