More than half of the lawyers who work in the US criminal justice system have not completed a bachelor’s degree, according to a new report.
The report, released by the American Bar Association (ABA), shows that, on average, the top five lawyers in a state’s criminal justice district are male, with the average female lawyer in the same district having a bachelor of arts degree.
And while the percentage of women in criminal justice in the United States has risen, the percentage is still significantly below that of the general population.
“There’s an awful lot of disparity in representation,” said Michael Biesecker, a partner at the law firm of Biesekes & Biesecke.
“Women lawyers, for the most part, do not come from privileged backgrounds, but the typical bar association study says that if you’re a woman, you’re more likely to have a law degree than a man.”‘
There’s a great deal of bias’ABA’s research found that women lawyers in the country’s 20 biggest cities have higher median salaries than their male counterparts, with median hourly wages of $19.77 and $20.60 respectively.
And when it comes to the percentage representation in law firms, women lawyers have a larger share of law school graduates than men.
In New York, for example, women represent just 4.3% of law graduates, but 18.9% of the top-tier law firms.
Women account for nearly 30% of those who work for the top 50 law firms in the state, according the ABA report.
But despite the fact that the ABO has found that more than 60% of all lawyers in America do not have a bachelor degree, there are many barriers to women’s access to the profession.
Women face a “gender gap in the criminal justice process”, which means they are less likely to receive an arrest warrant or a court summons because they are female, according Biesech, the lead author of the report.
This means that, as a result, more than a quarter of the US population will be unable to access a criminal justice proceeding if they do not possess a bachelor in criminal law, according an ABA survey of more than 400,000 lawyers.
“This gender gap in representation makes it particularly important for women lawyers to be able to navigate the criminal court system, to be part of the legal system, and to be fully represented in the process,” said Katherine Drennan, an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has researched the legal representation of women.
But in practice, Biesevans report found that, in practice at least, women’s representation is often at a disadvantage.
The study found that men and women often experience the same barriers to accessing justice in court, but that women are much more likely than men to be in legal trouble.
“The barriers that women face in the justice system are the same as those men face,” Bieseecker said.
“And women tend to have more problems with their jobs.
And women attorneys are at the bottom of the totem pole.”
Bieseeckers study found women lawyers face similar barriers to justice as men, but are more likely on the receiving end of misconduct.
For example, the study found the gender gap for a complaint that resulted in a charge of misconduct against a female lawyer is about five times greater than that of a male lawyer.
Women lawyers are also less likely than their peers to have the opportunity to take part in a trial, with nearly half of them being turned down, the report found.
And even when they do take part, it is not uncommon for lawyers to have their cases dismissed by judges or prosecutors.
Bieseckers report found female lawyers are more than twice as likely as their male peers to face a charge or other misconduct.
“While women attorneys represent less than 50% of people who go to trial, they represent about half of those people who have been dismissed,” Bieesecke said.
Bieechs study also found that when it came to cases that involve domestic violence, women are more at risk than men are, with women experiencing more domestic violence than men, with a nearly 50% increase in the rate of violence in the women compared to the men.
Women are also more likely in a case to be charged with assault and battery than men who commit the same offense.
Biedecker said that the research also found the fact the majority of women are not in the workforce does not necessarily mean that there are not barriers to representation.
“When you look at the diversity of the workforce in this country, you have a pretty high number of women who are in the labour force,” he said.
But, he added, “there is still a great amount of bias against women in the legal profession”.
“There are a lot of things that we see as barriers to access to justice that don’t necessarily have to do with gender,” Biedecker said.