Q&A: Giovanna Cinelli of Morgan Lewis

Last fall, Morgan Lewis partner Giovanna Cinelli, leader of the firm’s international trade and national security practice, was elevated to Visiting Fellow of George Mason University’s National Security Institute (NSI). A former Naval Reserve intelligence officer,...

Women of Color and Their Success Stories, Making the Most of Mentoring

On November 9, 2022, the WILEF East Young Lawyers’ Committee presented to a packed and engaged audience an exciting and impressive panel discussion, held at the offices in New York of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Garrison & Wharton, on: “Women of Color and Their Success...

Trailblazing Women Forging Their Own Paths in Private Practice

By Hayley Winograd Reprinted with permission of the New York State Bar Association © 2022. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor could not get a job at a law firm after graduating from Stanford Law School in 1952.1 “When I was first looking for work, they just weren’t hiring...

WILEF Announces First Round of Firms Awarded US and UK Gold Standard Certification

Thirty-two US law firms and five UK firms have been awarded 2022 Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (www.wilef.com).  WILEF grants Gold Standard status to major firms that meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among...

WILEF Party Attracts Over 70 Women

A WILEF party, hosted by WILEF East Co-Chair Emeritus Phyllis Korff at her Manhattan home on June 29, attracted more than 70 women.  On a night when the weather could not have been more gorgeous, they enjoyed delicious food and wine on Phyllis's large terrace.  But,...

The Women Lawyers Behind US Soccer’s New Equal Pay Contracts

This month, U.S. Soccer and its men's and women's national teams announced new landmark contracts that provide equal pay for both squads, ending a protracted fight by the women's team for equal and fair treatment.  The agreements equalize FIFA’s World Cup prize money...






Letter From London

It Starts at the Top

It Starts at the Top

By Melinda Wallman and Lynnsey McCall Slowly but surely women are making progress in law firms. In the UK, the proportion of partners who are women has increased from 15 percent in 1995 to 29 percent in 2015. Law firms are starting to understand what leaders can do to...

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In pursuit of excellence

In pursuit of excellence

It is often said that London is one of the most competitive legal marketplaces in the world. There are hundreds of firms, ranging from the magic circle to smaller, single office firms.  A large number of U.S. headquartered firms, including the one I work for, are...

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Confident confidence

Confident confidence

Starting your legal career can be daunting: your seniors and peers are very capable and technical ability is assumed. But being a successful lawyer is not just about the technical law; strong soft skills are also key. As I qualified, I was intent on learning more...

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