Women Attorneys' Futures in Big Law Not Promising - Page 2
For example, a lot of law firms are using "staff attorneys" or "contract attorneys" These attorneys are employed by the firm but are not eligible for the partnership track. The survey showed that 55% of staff or contract attorneys those ineligible as a general rule for partnership, are women. If women are not eligible for partnership status, they will not be able to move up in the firm and take over firm leadership which is ultimately responsible for molding the firm's policies and procedures. Only 23% of the firms surveyed have more than two women on their highest governing committees and 11% have no women on their highest governing committees. If women are not present in the decision making and policy formulating part of the big firms, the likelihood that women will make additional headway in big firms in not likely.
Overall, the news is discouraging for those women looking to enter big law firms. While the numbers are initially comparable to male counterparts, women are more likely to depart in large numbers from the nation's largest large firms according to the 2011 survey results.