46: Per­cent­age of new lawyer hires who are fe­male.

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Kirk­land & El­lis New York, NY Chair­man Jef­frey Hammes

Head of Women’s Ini­tia­tive

Linda Myers

• The Mind­ful Re­turn pro­gram, a self-paced e-course that was de­signed by a work­ing mother of two and a large-law-firm part­ner, pro­vides re­sources to ease both male and fe­male at­tor­neys’ anx­i­eties about the re­turn-to-work process.

• Women held 27 per­cent of com­mit­tee-lead­er­ship po­si­tions and a grow­ing num­ber of com­mit­tee-mem­ber­ship po­si­tions.

Latham & Watkins New York, NY Co-chairs and Man­ag­ing Part­ners Ora Fisher and Richard Trob­man Part­ner and Chair of Di­ver­sity Lead­er­ship Com­mit­tee Wil­liam Trach

• The Pace Re­duc­tion Op­tion for Ramp­ing As­so­ciates to Ad­just Pro­gram gives as­so­ciates the au­to­matic op­tion of work­ing re­duced hours for up to six months be­fore and af­ter a parental leave.

• The Women’s Lead­er­ship Academy, fo­cused on train­ing and men­tor­ing to sup­port the ad­vance­ment of women to part­ner­ship and lead­er­ship roles, has ben­e­fited more than 900 at­ten­dees.

Lit­tler San Fran­cisco, CA Co-pres­i­dents and Man­ag­ing Direc­tors Tom Ben­der and Jeremy Roth

Share­holder Linda Headley and Dionysia John­son-Massie

• The Ca­reer Ad­vo­cacy Pro­gram (CAP) pairs lawyers with senior men­tors, in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal. In the past three years, newly el­e­vated share­hold­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in CAP have been more than 50 per­cent women.

• Sixty-five per­cent of new at­tor­neys are fe­male.

Lowen­stein San­dler Rose­land, NJ Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Part­ner Gary Win­gens Part­ner Lynda Ben­nett

• The Parental Leave Men­tor­ing Net­work pro­vides at­tor­neys pre­par­ing to go out on leave with a list of men­tors who suc­cess­fully rein­te­grated fol­low­ing their own leaves.

• Parental-leave ben­e­fits were ex­panded for op­po­site-sex and same-sex cou­ples to al­low for 24 to­tal weeks (16 weeks paid) for pri­mary care­givers and 12 to­tal weeks (eight weeks paid) for non­pri­mary care­givers.

Mar­shall, Ger­stein & Borun Chicago, IL Man­ag­ing Part­ner Jef­frey S. Sharp Part­ner, Chair of Di­ver­sity and In­clu­sion Com­mit­tee Lynn L. Jan­ulis

• Twenty-three per­cent of non-eq­uity part­ners are women.

• A re­cent Grav­i­tas/Ex­ec­u­tive Pres­ence pro­gram for fe­male at­tor­neys fo­cused on us­ing ver­bal and non­ver­bal skills.

McDer­mott Will & Emery Chicago, IL Chair­man and Part­ner Ira Cole­man Part­ner Jen­nifer Mikulina

• The firm hosted its sec­ond an­nual Women’s Sum­mit for in­come part­ners, coun­sel and senior staff at­tor­neys. Two hun­dred women at­tended, up from 60 the pre­vi­ous year.

• More than half of the as­so­ciates are fe­male.

Mintz Levin Bos­ton, MA Man­ag­ing Part­ner Robert Bo­dian Mem­ber, Chair of Women’s Ini­tia­tive Mered­ith Leary

• The At­tor­ney Fam­ily Net­work of­fers so­cial (book swap, fall fam­ily gath­er­ing) and de­vel­op­men­tal pro­gram­ming (chef-led cook­ing se­ries tar­geted to busy par­ents).

• Al­most half (49 per­cent) of new at­tor­neys are fe­male.

Mor­ri­son & Fo­er­ster San Fran­cisco, CA Man­ag­ing Part­ner Tessa Schwartz Direc­tor of At­tor­ney De­vel­op­ment & Women’s

Ini­tia­tive Janet Her­man

• A new pol­icy gives pri­mary care­givers 20 weeks paid leave fol­low­ing the birth, adop­tion or foster place­ment of a child, with sec­ondary care­givers re­ceiv­ing six weeks paid leave.

• Men­tor­ing cir­cles were in­tro­duced in U.S. of­fices, giv­ing women part­ners and non­part­ner lawyers the op­por­tu­nity to meet on an on­go­ing ba­sis.

Ogle­tree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Ste­wart Greenville, SC Man­ag­ing Share­holder C. Matthew Keen Eq­uity Share­holder, Chair of Women’s Ini­tia­tive Kerri Reis­dorff

• In April 2017, the Board of Direc­tors es­tab­lished a task force of six share­hold­ers (four women and two men) to study ad­vance­ment and recog­ni­tion of women.

• Thirty-three per­cent of the board of direc­tors and 20 per­cent of eq­uity share­hold­ers are women.

O’Mel­veny & Myers New York, NY Chair­man Bradley Butwin Direc­tor of Di­ver­sity and En­gage­ment Mary Ellen Con­nerty

• The last four classes of part­ners pro­moted have been 50 per­cent women.

• The firm sub­si­dizes one-on-one con­sul­ta­tions with vet­ted ex­perts on a range of par­ent­ing is­sues (dis­ci­pline, achiev­ing mile­stones, start­ing solids, sleep train­ing and more).

Or­rick Her­ring­ton & Sut­cliffe San Fran­cisco, CA Chair­man Mitch Zuk­lie Part­ner, Chair Women’s

Ini­tia­tive Leah San­zari

• The firm pro­vides 22 weeks paid leave to pri­mary care­givers. In 2017, leave ben­e­fits for non­pri­mary care­givers were en­hanced by two weeks, pro­vid­ing six weeks paid leave.

• In 2017, the 17-mem­ber lead­er­ship team was 30 per­cent women.

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