Stephanie A. Scharf of Chicago, IL, is a founding partner of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, a boutique Chicago firm that provides legal services to U.S. and global businesses. The firm is one of the largest women- owned law firms in Chicago and the Midwest.
Stephanie is one of the nation's leading lawyers for the advancement of women in the profession. A former President of the National Association of Women Lawyers, a current Commissioner of the ABA Commission on Women and a member of the Advisory Board of DirectWomen, Stephanie founded the NAWL Annual Survey of Women in Law Firms, the National Survey of Women's Initiatives, and the first-ever Survey of Women as Lead Counsel in Litigation. Among many other activities, she designed and chaired NAWL' s first General Counsel Institute, its Supreme Court Committee, and its Summit for Best Practices for Advancing Women in Law.
Stephanie attended Rutgers University and Stanford University, and later received a Ph.D. in behavioral sciences and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. Before practicing law, she was a University Harper Fellow and Senior Study Director, NORC, where she helped design and manage large-scale surveys commissioned by the U.S. government.