By Caren Ulrich Stacy • September 24, 2015•Ms. JD
The OnRamp Fellowship -- the first "Returnship" ever launched for women lawyers in the legal profession -- expanded this week to include 6 additional law firms (Skadden, Stoel Rives, MoFo, Loeb & Loeb, Wiley Rein, and Wilson Elser) as well as Amazon's Legal Department and Barclays' Compliance Group. There are now a total of 27 firms/organizations participating in the Fellowship. Together, they have posted more than 150 Fellowships in 33 cities across the country.
This unique initiative began in January 2014 to provide experienced women lawyers re-entering the profession with an opportunity to update their skills and contacts through paid, one-year Fellowships with major law firms. Four law firms (Sidley, Cooley, Baker Botts, and Hogan Lovells) initially piloted the program.
Nine women were selected as part of the inaugural Fellowship in 2014. Sixteen additional Fellows have been hired in the first half of 2015 by Blank Rome, Cooley, Covington & Burling, Fish & Richardson, Fox Rothschild, Fried Frank, Hogan Lovells, Jenner & Block, Orrick, Pillsbury, and Sidley. The 25 total Fellows selected for the program thus far – one-third of whom are attorneys of color – clearly demonstrate the depth and the breadth of this untapped pool of talent. In fact, seven of the eight women who have completed the Fellowship have already transitioned to full-time employment with law firms.
If you know of any women who want to return to the legal or financial services professions, please let them know about these opportunities. They can learn more or apply by clicking here.
Women selected to participate in the Fellowship receive unlimited CLE opportunities through PLI, access to Practical Law from Thomson Reuters, individualized career coaching, and training in oral advocacy, negotiations, and business development.
Thank you for helping us to increase the number of women in the senior ranks of law firms, legal departments, and financial services firms!
Together, we can and will move the needle.
Caren Ulrich Stacy
Founder, Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship
Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law