57 per­cent of firms of­fer for­mal spon­sor­ship for high-po­ten­tial fe­male lawyers.

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Perkins Coie New York, NY Firmwide Man­ag­ing Part­ner John De­vaney

Part­ners Linda Wal­ton and Tina Moss

• In 2017, nearly 20 per­cent of lawyers worked less than full time, and 32 per­cent of part­ners pro­moted worked re­duced hours.

• Forty-seven as­so­ciates, half of them women, par­tic­i­pated in the first Pitch Pa­rade, where as­so­ciates and coun­sel pre­sented a mock pitch to part­ners and vol­un­teer client judges.

Pills­bury Winthrop Shaw Pittman New York, NY

Chair David T. Dekker

• In 2016 and 2017, a pro­gram show­cased male em­ploy­ees who suc­cess­fully spon­sored women as­so­ciates and part­ners, and how they did it.

• In the past five years, more than 40 per­cent of part­ner pro­mo­tions have gone to women.

Quar­les & Brady Mil­wau­kee, WI Firm Chair Kim­berly Leach John­son Part­ner, Women’s Fo­rum

Chair Adri­enne Ol­son

• The firm of­fers backup care and in-home care for fam­ily mem­bers of all ages, from in­fant through el­derly. Up to 80 hours may be used at an af­ford­able rate.

• Fifty per­cent of as­so­ciates are fe­male.

Reed Smith Pitts­burgh, PA Global Man­ag­ing Part­ner Sandy Thomas Global Chair of the Women’s

Ini­tia­tive Net­work Sara Be­g­ley

• In Oc­to­ber, the firm launched its Women in the Court­room ini­tia­tive to pre­pare women lit­i­ga­tors for fu­ture lead­er­ship roles in court­room, lit­i­ga­tion and ar­bi­tra­tion set­tings.

• Women are 21 per­cent of eq­uity part­ners.

Schiff Hardin Chicago, IL Man­ag­ing Part­ner Marci Eisen­stein Part­ner, Women’s Net­work­ing Group Chair Amanda MacVey

• In the Ad­vice to My Younger Self pro­gram in 2017, ex­pe­ri­enced women at­tor­neys shared can­did sto­ries with as­so­ciates.

• Twenty-five per­cent of eq­uity part­ners are women.

Sey­farth Shaw Chicago, IL Man­ag­ing Part­ner Peter Miller Part­ner, Na­tional Chair of Women’s Net­work Ellen McLaughlin

• At­tor­neys can move back and forth be­tween part­ner­ship and non­part­ner­ship (Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Group) tracks.

• Of the 10 el­e­va­tions to eq­uity part­ner in 2017, 40 per­cent were women.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hamp­ton New York, NY Man­ag­ing Part­ner Guy Hal­gren

Part­ner Dianne Smith

• Women part­ners have 40 per­cent of the elected seats on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and 50 per­cent of the elected seats on the com­pen­sa­tion com­mit­tee.

• Forty-eight per­cent of as­so­ciates are fe­male.

Shook, Hardy & Ba­con Kansas City, MO Chair Madeleine McDonough

Part­ner, Chair of Women’s Man­age­ment Coun­cil Jen­nifer Voss

• The firm’s D&I in­clu­sive lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­grams rec­og­nized hid­den bar­ri­ers women might face and how to ad­dress them.

• More than half

(51 per­cent) of new lawyers hired are fe­male.

Si­d­ley Austin Chicago, IL Chair, Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Michael Sch­midt­berger

Co-chairs Lau­rin Blu­men­thal, Maja Ea­ton, Jen­nifer Hagel

• A new re­source guide of­fers best prac­tices for sup­port­ing fe­male tal­ent, on top­ics such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion styles, work-life is­sues, self-pro­mo­tion, and busi­ness-de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives.

• Women lawyers were 53 per­cent of the new part­ner class in the U.S.

Step­toe & John­son Wash­ing­ton, DC Chair­man Philip West Part­ners Amanda Varna and Jen­nifer Quinn-Bara­banov

• The bill­able-hour re­quire­ment for full-time at­tor­neys re­turn­ing from parental leave was re­duced to 80 per­cent for the first 12 weeks, with­out a salary re­duc­tion.

• Forty-five per­cent of as­so­ciates are fe­male.

Vin­son & Elkins Hous­ton, TX Chair­man T. Mark Kelly Man­ag­ing Part­ner Scott Wulfe Women’s Ini­tia­tive Chair

Trina Chan­dler

• More than 40 per­cent of new eq­uity part­ners are women, and half of new as­so­ciates are women.

• Two-thirds of women part­ners are moth­ers.

Waller Lans­den Dortch & Davis Nashville, TN Part­ner and Chair­man Matthew Burn­stein

Part­ner Elle Carr McCulty

• Pre-screened sit­ters are avail­able for em­ploy­ees’ backup-child­care.

• Thirty-nine per­cent of new lawyers hired are fe­male.

Wiley Rein Wash­ing­ton, DC Man­ag­ing Part­ner Peter Shields Chair of Women’s Ini­tia­tive

Rachel Alexan­der

• Fifty-three per­cent of women part­ners hold eq­uity in the firm.

• Fifty-six per­cent of as­so­ciates are fe­male.

WilmerHale Bos­ton, MA and Wash­ing­ton, DC Co-man­ag­ing Part­ners Su­san Mur­ley and Robert Novick Chief Le­gal Per­son­nel & De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Peggy Gi­unta

• Fe­male part­ners had lead roles on 60 per­cent of the 20 largest in­ves­ti­ga­tory mat­ters.

• Forty-four per­cent of U.S. lawyers and 25 per­cent of U.S. part­ners are women.

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