Call to Action
The CBA’s Alliance for Women invites all Chicago law firms to join its "Call to Action," a project to promote women's leadership in the legal profession. This "Call to Action" recognizes that without a focused effort from the leadership of law firms, the progress of women into leadership positions in our profession will remain immaterial. Major firms in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have signed similar pledges. It is time for Chicago to take this step forward!
Chicago’s firms as a whole fall below the national average for percentage of female partners (as published by the National Association for Law Placement). Yet, organizations with high percentages of women in leadership financially outperform organizations with low percentages. Chicago has some catching up to do!
The CBA’s Board of Managers approved the "Call to Action" in November 2004. The Alliance for Women will be working to expand this program to include others affected by these issues. Below you will find the formal "Call to Action," best practices information, and the firm signatory form.
For more information on the project, contact:
Jane DiRenzo Pigott, R3 Group LLC, (312) 628-4735
Grayson, Jenner & Block LLP, (312) 923-2756
The level of women associates entering Chicago law firms has remained high for many years—averaging over 40% of all associates over the last five years. The percentage of women partners (both equity and non-equity) in Chicago law firms, however, has not made the same meaningful progress. All but twelve of Chicago’s large law firms fall below the average in regard to percent of female partners (as published by the National Association for Law Placement). There is clearly much room for improvement.
In furtherance of this Call to Action:
Related FilesCall to Action Best Practices
Call to Action Signature Page