Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Law.com, Women's Groups at Top Law Schools Unite to Fight Big Law's Mandatory Arbitration:
Women’s associations from eight elite law schools are joining the fight against forced mandatory arbitration among legal employers.
The groups released a joint statement Monday calling for an end to such agreements within the legal profession, which they say advantages employers by eliminating litigation as an option for employees who have been subjected to discrimination or other workplace misconduct.
The statement was signed by board members of women law student associations at Harvard Law School; Yale Law School; Stanford Law School; the University of Pennsylvania Law School; the University of California, Berkeley School of Law; the University of Chicago Law School; Cornell Law School; and New York University School of Law.
The groups said they would no longer accept any funding from firms that require employees to sign such agreements or that do not disclose whether they use mandatory arbitration. Nor will the groups promote those employers to students, according to the statement.