Workforce Profile Time Off and Leaves
Child Care Flexibility
Leadership, Compensation and Advancement of Women
Development and Retention of Women
Summary of Findings:
Areas of Achievement
Summary of Findings:
Areas for Improvement
Women’s Representation Declines at Higher Levels
While the representation of women declines at the higher levels, the Best Law Firms employ more female Equity Partners (18%) than the national average (15%).
Partnership Structure’s Impact on Women
Among the Best Law Firms, women Lawyers represent 21% of Equity Partners versus 17% at two-tier firms. The national trend is analogous, where women represented 21% of Equity Partners in one-tier firms and 15% of Equity Partners in two-tier firms.
Female Promotion Rates Remain Stronger at One-Tier Firms
Promotion rates for newly-admitted female Equity Partners are slightly stronger at Firms with one tier, compared with rates at Firms with two tiers. This gap has shrunken recently, to 3 percentage points from 13 percentage points last year.
Representation of Women on Influential Committees
At the Best Law Firms, women hold 21% of Executive, 21% of Compensation, and 22% of Equity Partner Promotion Committee seats.
The representation of women on the Executive and Compensation Committees increased over last year, when women held 19% of Executive and 18% of Compensation Committee seats.
Representation of Women as Firm Leaders: 2007 v. 2012
Ten Best Law Firms (20%) are led by female managing partners, while six (12%) have female chairpersons.
Top Ten Rainmakers
We asked the Best Law Firms how many of their top ten rainmakers are women. At the 36* firms that answered the question, here’s how women are faring in business development. Significantly more Best Law Firms now support women through leadership training, networking and mentoring than did in the first year of our initiative.
Leadership Training, Networking & Mentoring:
2007 and 2012
Significantly more Best Law Firms now support women through leadership training, networking and mentoring than did in the first year of our initiative.
Access to Flexible Work Arrangements Varies
All 2012 Best Law Firms offer Flex-Time and Reduced Hours. The Best Law Firms are less generous in offering Annualized Hours and Job Sharing.
Usage Rates for Flexible Work Arrangements Remain Low
The Best Law Firms have more Lawyers working Reduced Hours (9%) than the national average (6%).
Female Usage Rates for Flex-Time
The breakdown of Associates using Flex-Time splits evenly between men and women. More than 40% of Counsel and Non-Equity Partners who use Flex-Time are women.
Promotion Rates for Reduced Hour Lawyers
All 50 Best Law Firms (100%) offer Reduced Hours. 47 of the 50 Best Law Firms (94%) allow Reduced Hour Lawyers to be eligible for Equity Partnership.
Last year, of the 10 Lawyers, on average, who were promoted to Non-Equity Partner at the Best Law Firms, an average of 1 Lawyer was working a Reduced-Hour schedule at the time of promotion.
Last year, of the 7 Lawyers, on average, who were promoted to Equity Partner at the Best Law Firms, an average of 1 Lawyer was working a Reduced-Hour schedule at the time of promotion.
Child Care Offerings
Subsidized in-home backup child care has grown in popularity: 66% of Best Law Firms offer it in 2012, up from 62% in 2011.
Affinity Group Offerings
More Best Law Firms now offer Affinity Groups specifically for women, multicultural women, multicultural men, LGBT, work life or parenting, and Reduced Hours lawyers.
Congratulations to the 2012 Best Law Firms for Women
|Arent Fox LLP|
|Baker & McKenzie LLP|
|Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP|
|Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP|
|Chapman and Cutler LLP|
|Covington & Burling LLP|
|Crowell & Moring LLP|
|Debevoise & Plimpton LLP|
|Dorsey & Whitney LLP|
|Duane Morris LLP|
|Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.|
|Faegre Baker Daniels|
|Farella Braun + Martel LLP|
|Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP|
|Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.|
|Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP|
|Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.|
|Goodwin Procter LLP|
|Hanson Bridgett LLP|
|Hogan Lovells US LLP|
|Holland & Knight LLP|
|Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP|
|Hunton & Williams LLP|
|Husch Blackwell LLP|
|Ice Miller LLP|
|Jenner & Block LLP|
|Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP|
|Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP|
|Kirkland & Ellis LLP|
|Latham & Watkins LLP|
|Leonard, Street and Deinard|
|Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP|
|McDermott Will & Emery LLP|
|Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP|
|Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP|
|Paul Hastings LLP|
|Perkins Coie LLP|
|Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP|
|Reed Smith LLP|
|Riddell Williams P.S.|
|Schiff Hardin LLP|
|Seyfarth Shaw LLP|
|Steptoe & Johnson LLP|
|Thompson Hine LLP|
|Vinson & Elkins LLP|
|Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP|
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