The American Bar Association’s Long-Term Careers for Women in Law initiative held its kickoff event at Harvard Law School on Wednesday where heads of law firms and legal departments attempted to disentangle the riddle as to why seasoned female lawyers are leaving the law.

“We’ve known for years that women were leaving the profession in high numbers,” said American Bar Association president Hilarie Bass, who helped develop the two-day national summit that included panel discussions with general counsel and law firm leaders, such as Buckley Sandler partner Christina Tchen, a former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius chair Jami Wintz McKeon.

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