On November, 16, 2010, the National Law Journal reported that the percentage of women partners and associates working at NLJ 250 law firms this year fell to its lowest point since 2006.
Women associates and partners accounted for 29.2 percent of all attorneys at NLJ 250 firms. Five years ago, women made up 32 percent of attorneys at those firms. The findings are from The National Law Journal‘s annual ranking of the nation’s largest law firms.
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On November 4, 2010, the National Law Journal reported on the The National Association for Law Placement’s (NALP) latest diversity statistics, concluding that the percentage of both minority attorneys and women attorneys declined slightly at firms during 2010. NALP’s findings mirror similar conclusions released in recent months by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA),Vault and National Law Journal affiliate The American Lawyer. All three surveys found small pockets of improvement, either at individual firms or among subsets of the attorney population, but the larger conclusions were that diversity suffered. It was the first time in the 17 years that NALP has collected demographic data that diversity actually declined.
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On November 9, 2010, the Careerist published an articled discussing the The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) survey that tracked women at the 200 largest firms.
The article reports:
First, the familiar bad news: NAWL finds that women constitute only 15 percent of equity partners (it’s been the same rate for the last five years) and are barely represented in the most influential committees at their law firms. What’s more, nearly half of the firms say that there’s not a single woman among their top ten rainmakers.
Now, the new bad news: Contrary to those optimists who say that the recession has had a positive effect on work/life balance issues, women did not fare well during the recession. In a nutshell, the changes in the profession and the economic downturn have not been kind to lawyers in general and women in particular. (The National Law Journal also reports that the number of women and minority lawyers declined during this past year, according to NALP.)
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