Do family-friendly policies hold female lawyers back?

September 14, 2010 Most large firms offer staff flex-time and part-time work, promising that associates will not derail their careers by taking up these options.

The Careerist makes an attempt at determining whether that claim is true. They observe that the AM100 firms with the highest proportions of females in the equity partnership tended to be one-tier, super elite firms like Davis Polk & Wardwell, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Ropes & Gray and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
Somewhat ironically, the firms with the lowest proportion of female equity partners are two-tier firms with liberal, well-utilized family-friendly policies, like Perkins Coie, Duane Morris and Crowell & Moring.


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