Portrait Project 2.0

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Research Project

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Asian Americans are a growing presence in all sectors of the legal profession. They work in BigLaw and in smaller firms and solo practice, and as government attorneys, corporate counsel, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, and more. But they fall short in attaining leadership positions and have the highest attrition rates from major law firms. Research has not substantially studied the many ways in which Asian American lawyers and law students struggle and thrive, and the unique incentives and constraints that shape their career paths.

Now, in a continuing partnership with NAPABA and with the support of a generous anchor gift from the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) has collaborated with Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and Yale Law School to complete the next phase of this important study. Portrait Project 2.0 is a deeper exploration of the empirical reasons and potential solutions for the current challenges faced by the Asian American legal community.


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