From partnership promotions to attaining leadership roles, women in Biglaw continue to lag behind their male colleagues when it comes to equity in the ranks of their firms. A new survey aims to close that gender gap by examining the Biglaw workplace policies that could have caused it in the first place.
This week, the Diversity Lab, an incubator for diversity and inclusion in the law, and ChIPs, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and connecting women in technology, law, and policy, released the first-ever Inclusion Blueprint, a survey that ranked Biglaw firms based on their policies for inclusion and advancement of women.
Here’s more from Big Law Business on the methodology:
Diversity Lab CEO Caren Ulrich Stacy, who designed the survey, which was mostly issued to Am Law 200 firms, said its purpose is to interrupt structures and unconscious biases that keep women out of leadership positions.
For example, the survey asked firms whether they track partners’ non-billable office work to make sure it’s equitably distributed across genders.
It also asked firms whether they’ve conducted a pay equity analysis in the past five years, and whether they’ve taken steps to fix any gender pay gaps they found.
The Inclusion Blueprint, while geared toward Biglaw firms as a whole, focused on their IP practice groups, which are known for being a wasteland for women in terms of gender balance. The survey was sent to 59 law firms but only 35 submitted responses, which is a bit disappointing. That said, here are the top 10 firms for gender equity based on their own policies. Did your firm make the top 10 list?
- Brooks Kushman
- Sheppard Mullin
- Baker Botts
- Goodwin Procter
- Morrison & Foerster
- Perkins Coie
- Reed Smith
- Taft Stettinius & Hollister
- White & Case
Congratulations to all of the firms that made the list. Gender equity in Biglaw is important, and these are the firms actually seem to care about it.
New Survey Rates Big Law Policies to Build Gender Equality [Big Law Business]
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