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Peg

Do we have a pipeline problem?

After I posted yesterday about the NAWL survey, I couldn't sleep. Despite what I suggested in my original post, I am concerned about the findings, actually deeply concerned (well, except about the rainmaking finding). That concern leads me to this question: Do we have a pipeline problem? One of the main premises upon which the NAWL report is based is that for more than two decades women have graduated from law schools and started careers in private practice at about the same rate as men. Yet, we still haven't achieved anywhere close to parity with men at the tops of…

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Peg

NAWL’s National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms

Every year, I write a blog post on Ms. JD about NAWL's Annual Survey on the Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms. So, 2009 is no different. However, my enthusiasm for the topic is different this year. The report is available here. This year I guess I just don't have much to say. Sure the numbers are just about the same as last year. Women make up less than 16% of equity partners in the country's largest law firms. Women partners make less than their male counterparts (this year it is $66K less, on average). However, this year…

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jessie

Microsoft Women & Minority Initiatives

Earlier this fall Microsoft hosted a Summit for Women and Minority Law Students on careers in intellectual property practice areas. The Summit included a panel discussion with women and diverse attorneys who represent Microsoft in various capacities, a report from Microsoft's deputy general counsel on Microsoft's internal diversity program and ongoing commitment to the corporate Call to Action to diversify outside legal representation. Most impressive fact: Microsoft Legal & Corporate Affairs's executive's bonuses are tied to their outside counsel meeting diversity goals. And last year? Outside counsel failed to meet those goals and bonuses were reduced as promised. That's called…

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Ms. JD

Event Announcement: MCCA’s ‘Creating Pathways to Diversity’ Conference

Ms JD Members Invited to Celebrate a Day of Diversity The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) will host a Day of Diversity on November 11, 2009 at the New York Marriott Marquis, which will include the Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference and the Northeast Region Diversity Dinner. Creating Pathways to Diversity The annual conference continues to deliver practical tools and resources that attorneys need to meet organizational diversity goals and expand their personal career growth. Members of Ms JD are invited to register at the discounted MCCA Supporter rate of just $295 and are also eligible for a discounted rate…

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Janet

Reduced Hours, Full Success

The Project for Attorney Retention's newest report, Reduced Hours, Full Success: Part-Time Partners in U.S. Law Firms, maintains that law firms can create successful part-time programs. Part-time arrangements have long been viewed as bullets to the heart of lawyers’ careers—and dubious propositions for law firms’ bottom lines. This report challenges that view. It shows that law firms can create successful reduced-hours programs—and that part-time lawyers and their law firms can flourish when they do.  *** Firms that can attract and retain excellent lawyers through flexible work arrangements are going to be able to hire from a larger pool of applicants,…

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Kat

Getting More Women on Corporate Boards: The DirectWomen Board Institute

In an effort to get more women on corporate boards, DirectWomen, an initiative by the American Bar Association's Business Law Section and the women's business group Catalyst, will be hosting the 2009 DirectWomen Board Institute on October 29-30, in New York City.  This group is designed to help prepare women lawyers to serve on corporate boards. For more information about the DirectWomen Board Institute click here.

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jessie

Networking Advice Part II: Embrace the Professional Association Member Within

I used to think the point of joining a professional association was to achieve another of the legal industry's beloved, but empty, brass rings. What was the point of working your way through the ranks of your local Inn of Court or Women's Bar Association? I certainly didn't see one. Well at least not for a public interest oriented law student with plenty of extra-curriculars to keep me busy. But now I work with local bar associations around the country and I see a major benefit I never appreciated as a student: the job opportunities. When I was in school…

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AndreaKWelker

Small Town Players Can Make a Big Difference

The stories of women attorneys in top jobs are inspiring to those of us just beginning our careers. Reading the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women List, reading about women who become managing partners of global law firms, and seeing another woman appointed to the Supreme Court... it shows the great potential for women in the legal profession. However, while those stories are really inspiring, they don't really speak to me personally. I think it's pretty unlikely anyone will nominate me as a Supreme Court Justice, Skadden never called me for an interview (how rude), and I doubt Forbes will ever…

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Kat

Ex-Big Firm Attorneys Open First Female and Minority-Owned Multi-Office Global Law Practice

Two women lawyers have opened a U.S.-based, global law firm, Dziire & Bangudi, focusing on immigration law, international law and global business law. One of the women, Patrice Dziire, is American, and the other, Mayabanza Bangudi, is from Africa, lending diversity to the new firm's leadership. The two women, former DLA Piper colleagues, decided to open their own firm in order to be able to practice law in a manner that reflects to a greater degree their diverse experiences as mothers, internationalists, immigrants and young leaders. "The reason I wanted to start the firm was really to get back to…

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Ms. JD

Women Managing Partners

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP announced the election of its new Managing Partner, Louise M. Wells. Wells will be the first female to hold the position since the firm was founded in 1976. “I am honored to accept this responsibility,” Wells offered. “As a result of the firm’s unique culture and entrepreneurial spirit, we have been responsive to the challenging market conditions. We have made smart strategic decisions that build upon the firm’s solid platform, better positioning us to succeed and drive forward in the coming months and years,” she added. Earlier this summer, Carroll, Burdick & McDonough named its…

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