The American Bar Association will study biases encountered by LGBT+ and disabled lawyers

The American Bar Association has announced that it will conduct a groundbreaking nationwide study, in partnership with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, to identify the biases that LGBT+ and/or disabled lawyers encounter in the legal profession, and to help develop strategies to combat such biases.

“This study is integral to the ABA’s continuing efforts to promote the full and equal participation of all diverse persons, including LGBT+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities, in the association and the legal profession as a whole,” said ABA President Linda Klein.

The National Association for Law Placement estimates that the number of openly LGBT+ lawyers has more than doubled over the last 10 years, but LGBT+ legal professionals are nevertheless more likely to be employed by public interest organizations, rather than by law firms.

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