Thursday, September 2, 2010

Looking Into the Equity Box: Women and Partnership Status

The AMLaw Daily
September 2, 2010 6:00 AM

Posted by Vivia Chen
In the September issue of The American Lawyer, we consider a topic of great importance to women lawyers but one that law firms aren't talking about--the numbers of female partners at Am Law 200 firms who have equity.
The data compiled for this first systematic look at the issue is presented below. When we reviewed it, two numbers immediately jumped out. First, women make up only 17 percent of partners at the firms we surveyed, even though they have represented about 51 percent of law school graduates in the last 20 years. Second, of the women partners who work at multi-tier firms, 45 percent have equity status. In comparison, 62 percent of the male partners at these firms have equity.

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