#9: The Numbers Don’t Lie

In this episode, I’m taking a hard look at the data available on the status of women in the legal profession in the United States. Statistics don’t have to be boring because they tell stories – and these numbers say a lot. Has there been any progress made over the past decade for women in law and, if so, how much and in what areas? I give my thoughts on where we can go from here, both collectively and individually, and what I think are the leading issues facing us today.



  • What is the ‘50/15/15’ conundrum?
  • The “challenge” issued by the National Association of Women Lawyers in 2006 to address promotion issues in the profession
  • How law firms may be creating roles for women that are actually allowing us to go backwards
  • Why I believe participation in the Challenge decreased recently
  • Women are paid less in other industries, but what does the data say for law firms?
  • Proof that unconscious bias is happening when women don’t have a seat at the table
  • At the current rate of progress, here’s when we’ll meet the objectives of the Challenge
  • How women of color have it worse in law firms today
  • And, where we go from here




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National Association of Women Lawyers


American Bar Association: Women in the Profession


National Association for Law Placement


Report of the Ninth Annual Survey by NAWL (Downloadable PDF at the end of the page)


A Current Glance at Women in the Law (January 2017)


2016 Report on Diversity In U.S. Law Firms


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Professional Bio

Heather Joy Hubbard is an attorney, speaker, author, and strategic coach. Through her personal and professional development company, she helps attorneys reduce stress, manage priorities, and build a book of business. Prior to her work helping professionals find more balance and success, Heather was a partner and practice group leader at an AmLaw 200 firm. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation, Mid-South SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP Stars. She was also named one of Nashville's Top 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Heather graduated  summa cum laude   from the University of Louisville and received her  juris doctorate  from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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