Sifting through the “Good” News

Recently in the news, we saw several major articles on the rosy future of women in the marketplace. The cover story for The Atlantic predicted "The End of Men" and suggested that "females are going to leave males in the dust." The main tenants of the argument are that women hold...

Day Care Centers in Law Firms

The adoption of on-site child care in law firms has the potential to have beneficial (1) social effects for women and mothers and (2) economic benefits for law firms as businesses. At many law firms, demanding billable hour requirements create a prejudiced work environment that disadvantages mothers...

The Women in Law Empowerment Forum Awards “Gold Standard Certification" to Firms Empowering Women Leaders

Reed Smith Receives Gold Standard Certification for Empowering Women in Law The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) has named Reed Smith LLP as one of a select few law firms that qualifies for its new "Gold Standard Certification," which is a designation for firms that have integrated...

2011 Signals Bad News for Female Attorneys' Partnership Prospects

It's hardly shocking news that fewer women are among law firm partnership ranks than men. But the American Lawyer is reporting that partnership prospects for women dropped even more in 2011. Based on new research from the Project for Attorney Retention ("PAR"), [I]t appears that the...

Does Web 2.0 Favor the Strengths of Women Attorneys?

Many women attorneys who have seized the benefits of social media to market their skills are seeing big benefits. The ABA Journal recently interviewed Sports Law practitioner Carla Varriale who says she could not have built up her national presence in the male-dominated field of sports law without the...

Law Schools and Law Firms Reinforce the Gender Gap Together

Last month, the New York Times published a sobering reminder that thirty years after the appointment of the first female justice to the Supreme Court, a glass ceiling remains for women in the legal profession. Women largely remain ghettoized in the lower positions in the legal profession: women comprise...