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Monday, November 13, 2017

Percentage Of Women Making BigLaw Partner Continues To Rise, But Still Lags Men

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, New Partner Report:

The Alliance’s New Partner Report is a yearly compilation and examination of data from over 100 of the nation’s largest and top-grossing law firms about the attorneys promoted to partnership in U.S. offices. ...

CHart 1AATTORNEYS PROMOTED TO PARTNERSHIP IN THE U.S. BY GENDER – 2017

Based upon this data, roughly 38 percent (38.1) of attorneys promoted to partnership in 2017 in the U.S. offices of many of the nation’s largest law firms were women, while 61.9 percent were men. Among the 133 firms for which data was collected, 43 firms (32.3%) reported a 50/50 split or greater in favor of women, marking a significant increase over previous years. ...

Table 3

Table 2When included in an overall snapshot of women within the legal profession, the percentage of women promoted to partnership shows promise as it outpaces the total percentage of women partners (22.1%) as reported by the National Association for Legal Placement (NALP) in 2016[1]. However, the percentage of new women partners trails the percentages of women associates (45%) and women graduating law school (48.7%) in 2016 by roughly 7 and 10 percentage points respectively.

American Lawyer, Percentage of New Women Partners Rising Slowly; Still Low Compared to Men

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