Lady Lawyers, Large Law Firms and Social Change

Law3Although women continue to be severely under-represented at nearly every level in large U.S. law firms, there is some cause for hope, says a new report by Law360, the nation’s most comprehensive aggregator of online legal news.
That hope can be found among a handful of so-called “Ceiling Smashers” – a group of 25 firms that have significant numbers of women in partnership and leadership roles. One law firm stands out among this bunch – Washington, D.C.-based Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll.
Cohen is the leading plaintiff’s firm for women in the country.  Over 35 percent of Cohen’s partners are lawyers, a significant step up from elsewhere.
But Cohen also provides ample opportunity to work for social change.  As one example, the firm litigated a massive gender discrimination class action against WalMart all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, working closely with women’s advocacy groups.
Lady lawyers – as part of my lifelong commitment to mentoring women, herewith is a Cohen Milstein shout out.  If you want to do well while doing good and also work with an amazing team, take a careful look at Cohen.  Full disclosure – Cohen is a client of turner4D, where Fem2 is housed.  But we’d give them a hat tip anyway for their good work and for the talented and brilliant Cohen team. (Not to mention the thrill of being able to work directly with of counsel attorney Anita Hill not so very long ago.)

More on the study follows by Law360

A 2015 Look at Women and the Glass Ceiling
Today, Law360 released findings from its second Glass Ceiling Report. The series includes two rankings, identifying the top 100 law firms for female attorneys to thrive in and 25 Ceiling Smashers with the highest percentage of female partners. Check out the series’ release stories below, and look out for additional coverage throughout the week. 

The 100 Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys
For the first time ever, Law360 has ranked the 100 best U.S. law firms for women, based on the firm’s female representation at the partner and nonpartner levels and its total number of female attorneys.


Law Firm Biases Continue To Thwart Women
U.S. law firms are not hiring or promoting more female attorneys than they were a year ago, a failure that everyone from in-house attorneys to BigLaw bosses says can only change when the industry confronts its deep-rooted unconscious bias about women in law.


The Best Law Firms For Female Partners
While women continue to be vastly underrepresented at the partner level in the U.S. legal industry, 25 firms have made significant strides toward gender equality at their highest ranks, earning the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.


The Glass Ceiling Report
Women continue to be dramatically underrepresented at every attorney level in the U.S. legal industry, and firms made negligible progress toward gender equality in 2014, according to a Law360 head count survey of more than 300 U.S. firms.
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  • Sarah

    Great read, Suzanne! I miss reading articles by you!