Do Firms Care When Women Bolt?


Forgive me for being a cynic (who me?), but I'm not at all convinced that law firm managers are losing sleep when women lawyers fly the coop.

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  • Susan Smith Blakely

    I agree that there is more to whether law firms care about losing women lawyers. Yes, it has to do with the costs of attrition and also client preferences for diversity (as noted below), and it also has to do with safeguarding law firm succession plans. I write about all of these things and more in my book Best Friends at the Bar: Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business/Aspen Publishers, 2015). Until law firms understand this combination of factors and take them all seriously, we are going to continue to stall at the same statistics for retention and advancement of women lawyers that we have been seeing for at least ten years.

  • Nicole Giantonio

    Firms will likely care MORE when they are required to by the clients. We‘ve heard it. For example, during Legal Week last week. MetLife GC - Ricardo Anzaldua stated during a panal discussion that team diversity matters to his organization when selecting a firm to address a matter. Thank you for expanding the conversation Vivia.

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