Judge Scheindlin on ‘Gender Disparity’ and Imbalance in Big Law (Podcast)


Judge Shira Scheindlin on the Big Law Business PodcastWomen represent private parties in civil litigation just 18.5% of the time in New York according to a New York State Bar Association report released earlier this month. Judge Shira Scheindlin backed up those findings during a recent podcast recording: “what I witnessed in the courtroom was a great gender disparity in privately retained counsel.”

Judge Scheindlin, a former Federal District Court Judge, was one of the members of the task force that prepared the report. Last week she also published, “Female Lawyers Can Talk, Too” an op-ed about the report that ran in The New York Times and clearly struck a nerve; it received 274 comments before the Times closed commenting.

Earlier this week, Big Law Business travelled to Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, the law firm where Scheindlin is Of Counsel, to record this podcast interview with her about the report, her own career experiences, and her thoughts about the continued disparity and gender imbalance in big law.

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Show Notes

If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR 

Female Lawyers Can Talk, Too 

Stark Gender Divide Between Private and Public Sector Cases in New York

Judge Scheindlin on Women’s Absence in Courts

Mistaken For The Court Reporter: Litigating As A Woman