Women Still Number Too Few In Partner Ranks

Law360 (December 12, 2009, 4:20 PM EST) -- Bobbi Liebenberg once missed a client meeting because she had to take one of her children to the emergency room — an absence her previous firm couldn't seem to swallow.

"It was the only time I ever missed a court date or meeting," said Liebenberg, chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession and a senior partner at the Philadelphia complex litigation firm Fine Kaplan & Black RPC.

She later gained access to her evaluations, and she discovered that the family emergency had followed her around.

"That comment kept repeating itself in my evaluation as to whether...

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