The Legacy of Fred Korematsu

7 Highlights From A New Survey On Retention And Promotion Of Women In Law Firms

“Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem / Baby girl, respect is just a minimum.” — Lauryn Hill

On Tuesday, the National Association of Women Lawyers released the Ninth Annual National Survey On Retention And Promotion Of Women In Law Firms. Lauren Stiller Rikleen introduces this report by stating:

In 2006, the National Association of Women Lawyers issued its NAWL Challenge: Increase the number of women equity partners, women chief legal officers, and women tenured law professors to at least 30 percent by 2015. As reported in the First Annual NAWL Survey, “The impetus for the Survey grew from the now familiar ‘50/15/15’ conundrum: For over 15 years, 50 percent of law school graduates have been women yet for a number of years, only about 15 percent of law firm equity partners and chief legal officers have been women.”

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The Initial CFP Ranking Is Out, Does The Selection Committee Suffer From Confirmation Bias?

“My team didn’t even have to play to win the championship, lean back.” – Fat Joe
Alabama Coach Nick Saban

The first College Football Playoff Ranking was announced this week and of course it’s a little controversial. This is what makes sports so fun, we can talk incessantly about it and there is no bulletproof logic or absolute truth.

The college football ranking is just as much an art as a science. It was ultimately compiled by the Selection Committee using statistics, polls, and like anything else, some bias. The committee has stated that it doesn’t look at what might happen, rather, it analyzes what has happened. In other words, the initial college football ranking is meant to measure a team’s performance over its potential.

But has the Committee let confirmation bias cloud their judgment? In other words, did the Committee’s choice of Alabama in the initial ranking because it presumptively believed it would be in the final ranking ultimately create an unfair playing field?

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