Working Mother Honors BakerHostetler as One of the "Best Law Firms for Women"

Press Releases / July 31, 2018

CLEVELAND (July 31, 2018) — BakerHostetler is pleased to announce that the firm was honored in Working Mother’s 11th annual “Best Law Firms for Women” list today, recognizing firms that utilize best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers. The firm was one of 60 earning spots on this year’s list. For the second year, Working Mother collaborated with the ABA Journal as a knowledge partner.

“We’re humbled to be recognized by Working Mother for the first time,” said partner Emily Crosby, chair of the firmwide Women’s Committee. “Joining this elite group, however, also highlights where we need to continue to focus to remain competitive. We’re excited to build on the important groundwork being laid by the Committee, our local women’s committees and other groups within the firm to support and benefit our women.”

The full list, available here, highlights law firms where on average almost half of associates and more than a third of partners are women, while one-fifth of equity partners are women. These firms also increasingly offer extended parental-leave benefits and encourage more lawyers to work remotely and use flexible hours.

A few key parental-leave, work-life balance and career-advancement initiatives taking place at various firms featured on the list include:

  • Generous parental leave policies;
  • Formal sponsorship program identifying junior women and ethnically diverse attorneys and pairing them with senior firm members;
  • Backup care and in-home care for family members of all ages, from infant through elderly;
  • Access to a balanced hours employee-resource group providing guidance on mentoring and development of attorneys with reduced hours.

BakerHostetler’s efforts highlighted in the application included a new women-centered programming series, our expanding new parent outreach and mentoring programs, a pilot sanctuary space nursing room and a pilot coaching program, in addition to alternative work schedules and remote work options.

"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.”

Methodology

The 2018 Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women application included more than 300 questions about attorney representation, schedule flexibility, paid time off and parental leaves and development and retention of women. Profiles are culled from the applications and reflect 2017 data. The ABA Journal acts as a partner in recruiting participant firms and publicizing results.

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