“Diverse trial teams resonate with clients and jurors alike, and ultimately provide winning outcomes that advance diversity in the profession and in the larger culture.”
Gender Diversity in Trials
By Mary Rose Alexander
(A nationally-recognized trial lawyer, Mary Rose Alexander is Global Chair of the Environmental Litigation Practice at Latham & Watkins and Chair of the firm’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee as well as the Trial Advocacy Program.)
Gender diversity in trials – state of play
Our society and our courtrooms are diverse. We no longer have men in white wigs and black robes, surrounded by an exclusively white male cast. Our diversity is rich and varied — gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. The trial lawyers trying cases for clients in those courtrooms and to those audiences should mirror the diversity found there. The legal profession has made great strides toward diversity, specifically gender diversity. More than half of law school graduates are women. The trial bar has made progress as well. Talented women are trying cases in courtrooms across this country every day. We all should be proud of that progress. We all should recognize that more needs to be done. The legal profession, the trial bar, and the clients it serves have taken positive actions to increase the number of talented women advocates in state and federal court litigation.