Fair Measure: Toward Effective Attorney Evaluations, Second Edition
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Fair Measure: Toward Effective Attorney Evaluations, Second Edition

Includes CD-ROM!
Fair Measure: Toward Effective Attorney Evaluations, Second Edition
Product Code: 4920043
Publication Date: August 2008
ISBN: 978-1-60442-021-0
Page Count: 106
Trim Size: 8.5 x 11 - Paperback + CD-ROM
Sponsoring Entities: Commission on Women in the Profession
Topics: Women in Law
Format: Book - 4920043
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About this Book

Prepared and written for the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession by Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor at Hastings College of the Law-University of California and Co-Director of the Project for Attorney Retention, and Consuela A. Pinto, Director of Education of the Project for Attorney Retention .. in collaboration with the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law.

This completely revised and updated Second Edition contains a current, comprehensive review of the psychological literature on stereotyping, and it outlines a step-by-step process for implementing and conducting performance evaluations that are free from bias. Additional material includes sample evaluation forms, performance evaluation training materials for supervising attorneys, and instructions for completing performance evaluations.

Gender bias continues to prevent women from achieving parity with their male counterparts. Developing an evaluation system that controls for hidden bias is crucial, given that attorneys' performance evaluations have a direct impact on their professional development, assignments, compensation, and, ultimately, partnership potential.

Summary of Contents Listed Below

Chapter I documents that fairly evaluating women attorneys is critical if law firms want to retain proportionate numbers of women -- a business imperative given that half of law school graduates are women. Chapter II, which reflects a comprehensive review of the psychological literature on stereotyping, begins the process of raising awareness among attorneys of the various stereotyping patterns that affect performance evaluations. An objective, job-related evaluation system ensures that development and advancement opportunities for every lawyer are determined by qualifications and merit and not gender. Chapters III and IV outline a step-by-step guide to implementing and conducting performance evaluations that are free from bias and that will lead to higher productivity, lower attrition costs, greater client satisfaction, and increased profits.
  • Appendices -- For ease of implementation, many of the recommendations contained in this manual are condensed into checklists, sample forms, and summaries in the Appendices.
Also included in this manual are two packets of materials:
  • Instructions for Supervising Attorneys for Completing Performance Evaluations -- to be distributed to supervising attorneys at the outset of the evaluation period as a reminder of the firm's expectations with respect to their role in the evaluation process and best practices for conducting evaluations

  • Performance Evaluation Training Materials for Supervising Attorneys -- to assist firms in educating supervising attorneys about the components of the evaluation process, pitfalls to watch out for, their role in the process, and the firm's expectations and standards
Summary of Contents

User's Guide

Fair Measure: Toward Effective Attorney Evaluations

Chapter I. The Business Case for Evaluation Systems That Are Fair to Women
Chapter II. How Hidden Bias Affects Everyday Workplace Interactions
Chapter III. Designing an Evaluation System That Corrects for Bias
Chapter IV. Writing the Performance Evaluation Review
Chapter V. The Importance of Regular Informal Feedback to a Bias-Free Evaluation Process

Appendices**
  • Appendix 1: Bias-Free Evaluation Checklist: How Do You Measure Up?
  • Appendix 2: Sample Annual Associate Performance Evaluation
  • Appendix 3: Sample Associate Self-Evaluation Form
  • Appendix 4: Sample Upward Review Form for Supervising Attorneys
  • Appendix 5: Model Performance Evaluation Policy
  • Appendix 6: Training Checklist
  • Appendix 7: Types of Hidden Gender Bias
Instructions for Supervising Attorneys for Completing Performance Evaluations**
  • Sample Memorandum Transmitting Evaluation Materials
  • 16 Tips for Writing a Performance Evaluation
  • Conducting an Evaluation Interview
  • Types of Hidden Gender Bias
Performance Evaluation Training Materials for Supervising Attorneys**
  • 16 Tips for Writing a Performance Evaluation
  • Examples of Behavior-Based Comments
  • Conducting an Evaluation Interview
  • Types of Hidden Gender Bias
  • Training Hypotheticals
Bibliography and Endnotes

** Also available in PDF format on CD-ROM included with book
More Information

Table of Contents PDF
Preface PDF
User's Guide PDF


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