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Charged by the New York State Unified Court System with the responsibilities of reviewing and reporting on gender biases existing throughout the New York legal industry, the New York Task Force on Women, comprised of judges, leading practitioners, and academic scholars, set forth a plethora of evidence revealing the depth of gender biases in the New York legal industry. Concluding that gender bias is rampant and pervasive both in the court system and in the private legal industry, the Report reasons that the quickest and most effective way by which reform can be achieved is through the enlistment of the hierarchy of the bar and bench to engage in intense self-examination on the issue. The Report recommends specific measures to be adopted and suggests that the appropriate legislative measures will follow as the industry reforms.

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