“To effect change, we must tackle the persistent barriers that female lawyers face from every level and angle,” ABA President Laurel G. Bellows said. “These recommendations demonstrate that whether we are a recent law school graduate, prospective partner, in-house counsel, managing partner or bar association leader, we must all answer the call to empower female rainmakers. The good news is we have set out specific actions we can all take to enhance gender equality and social justice in the legal profession.”
Closing the Gap: A Road Map for Achieving Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Partner Compensation discusses ways in which compensation policies can enhance the objectives that firms have for growth, developing talent, rewarding lawyers playing various roles, eliminating gender bias and other strategic goals. Intended for law firm leadership to use as a resource, this publication recommends win-win approaches that eliminate gender bias while also enhancing the functioning of firms as a whole.
Power of the Purse: How General Counsel Can Impact Pay Equity for Women Lawyers is a manual of best practices about how general counsel can encourage diversity and ensure that their outside counsel are fairly compensated through origination credits and succession planning. This manual also provides details into the business case for general counsel to assist in ending gender inequities and the role they can play to ensure they are doing business with firms committed to diversity and equal opportunity.
In August 2012, Bellows appointed a blue-ribbon Task Force on Gender Equity to recommend solutions for eliminating gender bias in the legal profession, with a principal focus on the disparity in compensation between male and female partners. Other publications released this year by the Task Force on Gender Equity include Toolkit for Gender Equity in Partner Compensation, a resource for bar associations designed to foster conversation on how to achieve gender pay equity, and What You Need to Know about Negotiating Compensation, a guide with information for female lawyers on how to negotiate their own compensation.
Closing the Gap: A Road Map for Achieving Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Partner Compensation was written by Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership. Power of the Purse: How General Counsel Can Impact Pay Equity for Women Lawyers was written by Rikleen;Roberta D. Liebenberg, senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black and chair of the ABA Task Force on Gender Equity; and Stephanie A. Scharf, founding partner of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC.
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