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Women’s Law Student Groups Push Back against Firm Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

Posted Dec 20, 2018

Women’s groups at eight law schools are refusing to promote or accept funding from firms that require associates and summer associates to sign mandatory arbitration agreements. The ABA Journal reports that in response to a campaign by the Pipeline Parity Project, an organization at Harvard law school, Kirkland & Ellis LLP announced it would no longer require the agreements. The project surveyed law firms on mandatory arbitration policies in the spring and summer of 2018. The Pipeline Parity Project seeks to end harassment and discrimination in the legal profession. A recent global study by the consulting firm Acritas on behalf of the International Bar Association reported that 35% of women lawyers and 7% of male lawyers have been harassed in the workplace. See Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox.