The implications of large law firm changes for women lawyers /
- Publication info:
- EBook, Thesis/Dissertation, Book, Online
Osgoode Hall Law School Library
On the Shelf
Dans leur droit : un siècle d'histoire ou L'odyssée des avocates de l'Ontario : texte d'une exposition = Crossing the Bar : a century of women's experience "upon the rough and troubled seas of legal practice" in Ontario : text from an exhibition / préparée par le Service des archives du Barreau du Haut-Canada.
KF 299 W6 L38 1993
- Corporate Subject:
- The implications of large law firm changes for women lawyers / by Gina Papageorgiou.
- Main Author:
- Papageorgiou, Gina.
Thesis (LL.M.)--York University, 2007.
Also available on the Internet.
- Local Note:
See MFICHE b 1820 for LAW microfiche copy.
Women lawyers began entering the legal profession and private law firms in increasing numbers during the 1970's. During that time, the legal profession and private law firms have also undergone significant changes. Law firms began growing dramatically with legal talent increasingly centralized in these large law firms. The large law firm has undergone a complete transformation. It is beginning to resemble, in both form and substance, the large corporations that it now predominately serves. Bottom-line thinking, intense concern about profitability and costs, and ongoing expansion into national and international markets are the norm. The pursuit of profit has resulted in reduced partnership opportunities for all lawyers, increased statistical monitoring of lawyer performance, increased billable hour requirements, reduced mentoring and training, and even "departnering" of partners. Some Canadian large law firms have adopted a more formal corporate model complete with a Board of Directors and a Chief Executive Officer. This thesis addresses the gendered implications of these changes and asks the following questions: how are women lawyers affected by these changes; and how are policy initiatives designed to further gender equality in the legal profession affected by these changes? To a lesser extent, this thesis considers the underlying reasons for such changes. By considering the intersection and interrelationship of large law firm changes, barriers to gender equality, and policy initiatives designed to address gender inequality, this thesis demonstrates how the movement by large law firms to a more corporate model has not only exacerbated barriers to gender equality, and undermined policy initiatives designed to address gender inequality, but has more importantly legitimated these outcomes.
- Physical Description:
ix, 154 leaves
- Technical Details:
System requirements for Internet version: Adobe Acrobat reader.
- Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (leaves 137-154).
- Access:Access to Internet version restricted to York University faculty, students and staff with a York University IP address.