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Supporting women and parents in the workplace is obviously a vital element to any diverse workplace. But it is also essential to look beyond the platitudes about diversity and dive into what it is really like at elite law firms. Earlier this week, Working Mother released their annual list of the Best Law Firms For Women.
Every year, Working Mother puts out this list, but with all the garbage that folks had to deal with in 2020 due to the pandemic, they made some changes to their methodology:
[Working Mother’s parent company] Seramount’s 2021 Best Law Firms for Women application includes more than 300 questions about attorney demographics at different levels, schedule flexibility, paid time off and parental leaves, and development and retention of women. This year, in light of COVID-19, several questions were added about the success of working from home for lawyers.
So what do we know about the recognized firms? Well, 40 percent of attorneys at the firms are women, 34 percent of non-equity partners at the firms are women, and 25 percent of equity partners are women. The firms average 13 weeks of paid parental leave and 100 percent of the firms on the list let parents return to work on reduced schedules.
Without further ado, here are this year’s honorees:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Baker McKenzie
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Ballard Spahr
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Blank Rome
Chapman and Cutler
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete
Crowell & Moring
Davis Wright Tremaine
Day Pitney
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Dorsey & Whitney
Duane Morris
Epstein Becker & Green
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath
Fenwick & West
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
Fish & Richardson
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Goodwin Procter
Hanson Bridgett
Holland & Knight
Jackson Lewis
Kirkland & Ellis
Lane Powell PC
Latham & Watkins
Lathrop GPM
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
McDermott Will & Emery
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Morrison & Foerster
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Perkins Coie
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Reed Smith
Ropes & Gray
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Sidley Austin
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Taft Law
Congrats to everyone on the list!
Kathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are the best, so please connect with her. Feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter (@Kathryn1).
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