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Believe it or not, female lawyers are still facing gender hurdles

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A woman stands in the doorway of a courtroom
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It seems like the last place you'd expect workplace sexism to exist — the courtroom.

But according to an article in the latest issue of The Atlantic, women lawyers face numerous and varied forms of sexism during trials and hearings. Inappropriate comments and judgments come from judges, male lawyers, jurors, and even fellow female colleagues.

As a result, women attorneys must focus on regulating their emotions, appearances and facial expressions while also participating in their usual courtroom duties. The pressure to be received well by others in the courtroom is high, as it is common for judges and jurors to value a lawyer's appearance and demeanor as part of their overall trust in what the lawyer is saying.

Lara Bazelon, author of The Atlantic piece and a professor of law, joins Larry to discuss how female trial lawyers tackle gender-biases. Also, if you are a female attorney and professionals in other fields who have experienced issues such as these, we welcome your calls at 866.893.5722.


Lara Bazelon, professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the author of the forthcoming book "Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction" (Beacon Press 2018)