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Abbi has strived to create opportunities for women since becoming a partner at Dechert in 1992. She has chaired Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative (GWI) since its establishment in 2013, connecting and supporting Dechert’s women attorneys at all levels, across practice groups and 28 offices. The initiative now has dedicated local or regional chapters around the globe, which hold meetings, events and activities, and offer skills training and development as well as opportunities for internal and external professional and social interactions. Abbi also helped develop and implement the firm’s Sponsorship and Sustained Support (SASS) programme which focuses on supporting the firm’s most senior female associates, counsel and national partners in navigating the path to partnership. As of July 1, 2019, Abbi was appointed Dechert’s partner in charge of Diversity and Inclusion globally, representing the interests of all diversity affinity groups and women attorneys at the firm and ensuring maximum inclusion across all groups. Dechert today counts 4 women on its policy committee, 5 women office managing partners, 8 women practice group or industry sector leaders, and the firm has added more than 15 female lateral partners in the past year. Beyond Dechert, Abbi sits on the Dean’s Council for Penn Law Women as well as the Board of Managers for the Penn Law Alumni Society and regularly mentors students in both capacities, alongside mentoring women lawyers in the wider legal community. She also holds a number of leadership positions in organisations focused on targeting social injustices.

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