34 Firms Receive WILEF Gold Standard Certification

The Women In Law Empowerment Foundation announced today that 28 U.S. law firms and six U.K. law firms have been awarded Gold Standard Certification. Every year, WILEF grants Gold Standard status to major firms that meet objective criteria involving the number of women...

Event on How Women Can Support Each Other Ignites Enthusiastic Discussion

On April 20, 2023, the WILEF Northern California Lawyers’ Committee and Young Lawyers’ Committee hosted an inspiring and insightful fireside chat at the San Francisco offices of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, which was titled: “Lifting While We Climb: How We Can...

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...






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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