Bias in the Legal Profession: Perceptions and Experiences


  • Joan Brockman



Brockman presents the results of a survey conducted in 1991 for the Law Society of Alberta that was designed to determine to what extent gender discrimination actually exists within the legal profession in Alberta. It is one of many surveys that have been conducted since the 1970s. The survey was extensive: it asked general questions on bias and discrimination, and it considered how problems have developed and how they have been perceived. The results show, as Brockman explains, that there is definitely a problem with gender discrimination within the legal profession which is complicated, for both men and women, by marital and family commitments.