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Women Make Slight Gains In Big Law Equity Partnership: Report

Women Make Slight Gains In Big Law Equity Partnership: Report

Women have made modest gains in the highest ranks of Big Law firms, but they remain underrepresented and out-earned by their male counterparts, according to the results of a new survey. According to the survey conducted by the National Association of Women Lawyers, women make up 19 percent of equity partners, compared to 16 percent

In perhaps a case of art imitating life, Better Call Saul's Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) leaves the fictitious New Mexico big law firm of Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill to start her own firm.

Why Women Leave Big Law to Start Their Own Firms – Ep. 1 (Podcast)

  Why are many women lawyers choosing to leave big law and starting their own law firms, even after they make partner? In the first of a two-episode podcast series, Big Law Business explores that question with Stephanie Russell-Kraft, who recently reported on the topic, and Nicole Galli, a former partner at Pepper Hamilton, who now has her

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How America’s Top Law Firms Get Away With Paying Women Less

By Paul Barrett, Bloomberg Businessweek In January 2014, the law firm Chadbourne & Parke hired Kerrie Campbell to work in its Washington office. After 27 years in the business, she’d finally reached the pinnacle of private law practice: partnership at a top-tier firm—a century-old stalwart of the elite New York bar. In a press release,

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Judge Scheindlin on ‘Gender Disparity’ and Imbalance in Big Law (Podcast)

  Women represent private parties in civil litigation just 18.5% of the time in New York according to a New York State Bar Association report released earlier this month. Judge Shira Scheindlin backed up those findings during a recent podcast recording: “what I witnessed in the courtroom was a great gender disparity in privately retained

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Mistaken For The Court Reporter: Litigating As A Woman

Ask a woman in litigation if she’s ever been mistaken for a court reporter, and there’s a good chance she’ll say yes.  Teri Drew, who specializes in the defense of commercial liability claims, said it happened to her just a few months ago. “I went to a plaintiffs’ firm for a deposition, and the receptionist

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Documentary Puts Struggles Of Women Lawyers in Generational Context (Review)

American women in the law have come a long way since Ruth Bader Ginsburg was at Harvard Law School in the 1950s, rushing back and forth between two buildings because only one had a women’s restroom. But, as Ginsburg notes in the new documentary, Balancing The Scales, “we haven’t reached Nirvana yet.” Her recorded remarks

Kelly Tullier, general counsel of Visa Inc., speaks at the 2015 Big Law Business diversity and inclusion summit in New York. Photo: Jamie Watts/ Big Law Business.

The Ranks of Women GCs are Growing

More and more women are being hired for the top lawyer jobs in Fortune 500 companies, and more of them are being hired via external searches instead of promoted from within, a new study has found. In 2016, 35 percent of new Fortune 500 general counsel jobs were filled by women, whereas in 2012, women

People demonstrate against discrimination, racism, sexism, human rights violations and other issues during the "Dress Like a Woman" rally at Westlake Park in Seattle, Washington on February 25, 2017.  / AFP / Jason Redmond / Getty Images

Decades-Old Gender Bias Case Marked Turning Point in Big Law

A decades-old settlement in Manhattan federal court serves as a measuring stick for how far Big Law has come in the fight for gender equality. In May of 1977, Sullivan & Cromwell agreed to publish salary data to make it easier for women to compare how they fared in relation to men at the firm

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Meet the Woman Helping Other Women Start Law Firms

How many women owned law firms are there in the U.S.? Nobody appears to know, according to Nicole Galli, a Big Law refuge who launched her own firm in 2015. This week, Galli and others formally launched Women Owned Law, an organization dedicated to helping other women legal entrepreneurs network, increase their visibility, and grow their influence. One

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