Professor Maria Pabon Lopez Featured in Indiana Lawyer Article
Prof. López was interviewed recently by The Indiana Lawyer about her research on the status of women in the legal profession, based on her work on a forthcoming article. Prof. López’s work uses the results of a recent survey of Indiana lawyers about their attitudes regarding women in the law and compares them to the findings of a similar earlier Indiana study (conducted in 1990). In doing so, Professor López draws conclusions regarding the overall occurrence of gender bias in Indiana along with the experiences of women in the legal profession in the state.
The article first explores the history of women in the legal profession, to establish the baseline from which to assess the evolution of women in the legal field. The article then examines how the instances of gender bias and the experiences of women in the legal profession in Indiana measure up to those of other parts of the country by using comparative data from other U.S. jurisdictions. Finally, the article offers conclusions and recommendations on how the situation for women in the legal profession can be improved and for further study on the topic of gender equality in the legal profession. Link to article in The Indiana Lawyer.