The legal profession has been unable to retain women at rates comparable to other knowledge-based and professional industries. There often appears to be just two choices for women with families–work around the clock and forgo quality time at home, or step off the partnership track permanently. Many law firms are working to broaden the range of choices. Flexible work arrangements are quickly becoming the most successful choice offered.
Working Mothers Magazine published its list of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women, which acknowledges firms working hard to retain female attorneys. Flexible work schedules are the most common initiative but not the only one. These firms host networking groups for female lawyers, have formal mentoring programs for senior female associates, and provide management training–all with the goal of helping make more women reach partnership.
The winning features of each of the firms are listed in this article (pdf):