Gray Plant Mooty Named a Working Mother “Best Law Firm for Women”

Working Mother revealed its annual “Best Law Firms for Women” list today, recognizing firms that utilize best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers. For the sixth time, Gray Plant Mooty was among the 60 firms that earned spots on this year’s list.

“Gray Plant Mooty has been a pioneer in the advancement of women in the legal profession,” said Co-Managing Officer Sarah Duniway. “The firm has taken the long view by adapting to societal changes and creatively meeting the needs of its attorneys and its clients. Policies and practices extend beyond hiring and promoting women to include mentoring programs and a new gender-neutral parental leave policy and toolkit.”

The full 2018 Working Mother Best Law Firm list highlights law firms where, on average, nearly half of associates and more than one-third of partners are women, while one-fifth of equity partners are women. The acknowledged firms also increasingly offer extended parental-leave benefits and encourage more lawyers to work remotely and use flexible hours.

"The law firms that make Working Mother's list are remarkable for their long-term commitment to retaining and promoting women lawyers," said Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother. "One hundred percent of these firms provide flexible work arrangements and 57 percent of them offer sponsorship programs for high-potential women lawyers. That's resulted in a jump in the number of women equity partners to 21 percent."

“The ABA Journal has been exploring diversity issues in the profession for decades and is continually surprised to see how little progress women have made with pay equity and at top positions in law firms,” said Molly McDonough, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal. “Collaborating with Working Mother gives us another way to explore what firms can do to bring gender parity to firm leadership.”

Originally published on  31 July 2018 by  Gray Plant Mooty.


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