November 13, 2011
Report of Sixth Annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms
"This sixth year of the Survey presents a sobering picture of the prospects for women in “Biglaw.” Not only do women represent a decreasing percentage of lawyers in big firms, they have a far greater chance of occupying positions – like staff attorneys, counsel, and fixed-income equity partners – with diminished opportunity for advancement or participating in firm leadership. We recognize that the current economy has led to continuing challenges for big firms. Nevertheless, those challenges explain neither the uneven progress made by women lawyers compared to their male counterparts nor the backward slide of gender equity in law firms."