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Best family-friendly law firms

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Lauren Gerber has an interesting column:

Two weeks ago, Yale Law Women released its third annual Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List. The Top Ten Firms, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Arnold & Porter (Washington, DC)
  • Covington & Burling (Washington, DC)
  • Debevoise & Plimpton (New York)
  • Dorsey & Whitney (Minneapolis)
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Angeles)
  • Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago)
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel (New York)
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo (Boston)
  • Perkins Coie (Seattle)
  • WilmerHale (Boston)
  • To produce the List, my classmates and I surveyed the Vault Top 100 firms, asking about issues ranging from parental leave policies and their usage, to same-sex domestic partner benefits; from part-time practices, to percentages of female partners. We released the Top Ten List in an effort to spark change in the profession, to encourage firms to take greater steps toward improving the quality of life for their attorneys, and to make Big Law a viable, livable profession in the long term. Whether or not those goals are realistic has yet to be determined.The recent proliferation of rankings like the Top Ten List has provoked considerable discussion about the ability of external evaluations to provoke meaningful change in firm policy. Critical assessments of work-life balance have proliferated for many years (even decades), yet many would argue that the systemic changes needed are still as remote as ever. Still, we wouldn’t have created the Top Ten List if we didn’t believe strongly that it could make a significant difference.

    This column will explore possible causes of work-life conflict and poor retention of women at major law firms. …

    Continue reading.

    Written by Leisureguy

    25 September 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Posted in Business, Daily life

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