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...

ML Women Hosts Latin America Women Lawyer Network Kickoff

In honor of International Women’s Day, ML Women hosted a virtual forum aimed at fostering the promotion of female lawyers throughout Latin America. More than 60 women from Morgan Lewis joined over 80 women from 15 Latin American countries in a discussion on how to...

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Q&A: Shannon Simpson of Cohen Clair

Q&A: Shannon Simpson of Cohen Clair

To insiders of the matrimonial law bar, it came as no surprise that Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP has a role in one of the most consequential divorces in recent memory. As widely reported, Cohen Clair is among the firms representing Melinda...

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Q&A: Grace Speights of Morgan Lewis

Q&A: Grace Speights of Morgan Lewis

It’s a long way from the rough Philadelphia neighborhood where Grace E. Speights grew up to the swanky confines of a Manhattan gala, where she was recently named Attorney of the Year by The American Lawyer for her work in the #MeToo era. As we learned, it was a path...

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Mentoring at Mintz

Mentoring at Mintz

Recent research has shown a strong correlation between mentoring and women’s advancement in big law firms. That relationship is only likely to grow stronger. With a proliferation of opportunities available to women attorneys today, more is needed than ever to retain...

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Michael Schmidtberger, Sidley Austin LLP

Michael Schmidtberger, Sidley Austin LLP

As the recently named chair of Sidley Austin LLP's executive committee, Michael J. Schmidtberger has some big shoes to fill. Schmidtberger, a global co-leader of the firm’s investment funds, advisers and derivatives group, succeeds legendary Supreme Court litigator...

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Gwen Marcus, Showtime Networks

Gwen Marcus, Showtime Networks

There may be no hotter entertainment network right now than Showtime. Thanks to hits like "Billions," "Homeland" and "Shameless," it has grown its streaming subscriber base to 1.5 million according to a report on Variety.com, a major feat in the cord-cutting era....

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Joe Conroy, Cooley

Joe Conroy, Cooley

Few law firms have matched the financial performance of Palo Alto-based Cooley in recent years. After double-digit revenue growth in 2014, the firm followed up with enviable numbers again in 2015, posting a 21 percent increase in net profit and a 14 percent increase...

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Therese Pritchard, Bryan Cave

Therese Pritchard, Bryan Cave

Two years ago, Bryan Cave named Therese Pritchard as its Chair, the first woman to hold the title in its 140-year-plus history. Pritchard joined a new class of women assuming top roles at major firms, including Jami Wintz McKeon, who was named Morgan Lewis’s Chair the...

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Carter Phillips, Sidley Austin

Carter Phillips, Sidley Austin

It has been well documented that a relatively small group of elite lawyers have come to dominate the practice of arguing before the Supreme Court in recent years. And leading the pack is Carter Phillips of Sidley Austin, whose 83 arguments before the court are the...

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