Dinovitzer, Ronit


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3359 Mississauga Road
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Ronit Dinovitzer

Ronit Dinovitzer is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, where she is cross appointed to the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI). She is also a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, where she is Co-Director of the Research Group on Legal Diversity. She has served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ronit recently delivered the Annual Lecture on the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law, focusing on issues of diversity and inequality in the legal profession. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto.

Ronit is a sociologist of the professions. Through her research on the legal profession, Ronit draws together analyses of the professions with research in social policy, including the social organization of lawyers, the role of labor markets, and the effects of culture on professional work. She has pursued this work through her involvement with the After the JD project, the first national longitudinal study of law graduates in the US, and the Law and Beyond Study, the first national study of law graduates in Canada. Ronit's work also attends to the role of ethics within professional practice. In current research, she is studying the role of ethical decision-making and professional autonomy, through a qualitative project on the ways in which corporate lawyers interact with their clients.


Dinovitzer, Ronit and John Hagan. 2013. “Hierarchical Structure and Gender Dissimilarity in American Legal Labor Markets.” Social Forceshttp://sf.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/10/31/sf.sot110.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=tA2S0JUsi1dnjTc

Dinovitzer, Ronit, Sally Gunz and Hugh Gunz. Forthcoming 2013. “Reconsidering Lawyer Autonomy: The Nexus Between Firm, Lawyer and Client in Large Commercial Practice.” American Business Law Journal

Dinovitzer, Ronit, Bryant G. Garth, and Joyce Sterling. 2013. “Buyers' Remorse? An Empirical Assessment of the Desirability of a Legal Career.”  Journal of Legal Education 63:211-234. http://www.swlaw.edu/pdfs/jle/jle632dinovitzer.pdf

Taylor, Judith, Ron Levi and Ronit Dinovitzer. 2012. "Homeland Tourism, Emotion, and Identity Labor." Du Bois Review 9:67-85.

Dinovitzer, Ronit. 2011. "The Financial Rewards of Elite Status in the Legal Profession." Law & Social Inquiry 36: 971–998.

Dinovitzer, Ronit. 2011. “Women in the Legal Profession: Findings from a Longitudinal Study of US Law Graduates.” For the Defence 32(4):50-57.


Professions; Social Inequality; Social Policy; Stratification, Work, and Labor Markets; Professional decision-making; Management and Organizational Diversity


Stratification, Work, and Labor Markets; Social Policy; Social Inequality
Ph.D. (Sociology, University of Toronto)