Monday, February 25, 2019
Law.com, Why the California Bar Is Asking Lawyers About Sexual Orientation:
California’s state bar has added some probing new questions to a survey of its licensees in an attempt to fulfill its mission of supporting “greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.”
The voluntary survey, presented to attorneys when they log on to the bar’s website, asks members expanded questions about their gender and sexual orientations, including whether they identify as “two spirit,” a distinct gender status in Native American communities, and whether they are pansexual, asexual or another binary sexual identity.
The bar is also asking new questions about lawyers’ job satisfaction, including what might make them happier in their careers. The revamped survey first appeared last month.
Jonah Lamb, a bar spokesman, said the anonymized results will be used “to better understand the state of the legal profession in a time of rapid economic, technological and demographic change in California.”
The data will be compiled in an initial report by the end of the year, Lamb said, and used to identify obstacles that exist to retaining and advancing “diverse attorneys” in the profession.