Seeking Best Practices on Retaining and Advancing Women in Firms
President Kimberly Hosley and CFAWL will host local managing partners and members of the executive and compensation committees of area firms on May 16th from 3pm to 5pm to discuss the best practices for recruiting and retaining women lawyers and for ensuring fair opportunities for promotion of women lawyers. According to the ABA, while female lawyers have represented at least 50% of graduating law school students for many years, the percentage of female equity partners is still at an abysmal 19% and only 33% of the lawyers elevated to equity partnership in the past two years were women and 67% were men. The ABA has also reported recently that women are leaving the profession altogether at high numbers in their forties, which is the period of time that should be the prime of their careers.
A group of experienced women lawyers in our area including Suzanne Gilbert, Jamie Moses, Melanie Griffin, and Peggy Smith Bush have worked with President Kimberly Hosley to identify (1) the obstacles leading to women not climbing the ladder within firms at the same rate as men and (2) why women continue to leave the profession altogether at a higher rate than men at a time that has nothing to do with raising children. And perhaps most importantly, the group has identified solutions to address those obstacles to promotions and reasons for attrition.
Currently partners from the following firms have committed to attend:
Allen, Dyer, Doppelt
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Burr & Forman
Holland & Knight
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed
Rumberger Kirk and Caldwell
Shutts & Bowen
Southern Trial Counsel
The Orlando Law Group, PL
Winderweedle Haines Ward Woodman
Zimmerman Keiser Sutcliffe
Attendees will discuss the policies, practicing, and programs in their firms that are geared to recruiting, retaining, and/or promoting women to leadership positions in the firm – and specifically to equity partnership – as a way of info sharing among firms to promote the current best practices on this subject. They will also discuss what challenges they’ve had in attempts at increasing their numbers or at adopting these types of policies or practices so that CFAWL can better help law firms through our interactions with female lawyers. Stage two of this effort will be a seminar for young, women lawyers on the best practices for young, women lawyers to get themselves promoted in law firms. Also, CFAWL will provide each attendee of this May event a flash drive of the policies, practices, and programs that the working group has found through research of various firms and/or those suggested by the ABA that CFAWL believes will help improve the ratio as a resource to attendees that they can consider implementation of at their firms if they do not currently have such policies, practices, and programs.
If someone from your firm would like to attend, please contact President Kimberly Hosley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our sponsors U.S. Legal Support, Inc., Gray Robinson, and The Orlando Law Group, PL for making this event happen.