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THE NEW MDL LEADERS - The boys club that once dominated MDL leadership teams has begun to give way to a new group of women plaintiffs lawyers, Amanda Bronstad reports. A Law.com analysis of appointment orders for all federal MDL proceedings initiated from 2016 through 2019 shows women made up 40% of the 30 lawyers who received appointments to more than three MDLs during that period. “It’s not just that we’re shuffling who the repeat players are. We’re widening the scope of leadership,” said Elizabeth Cabraser, of San Francisco’s Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, who is one of top women attorneys in MDLs. Not that there isn’t plenty of room for improvement, however: there remains a lack of ethnic diversity in MDL leadership and progress on that front has been slow.

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