Good for Women? Good for Law Firm Pro Bono
What do 39 of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project’s Member Firms and/or Challenge Signatories have in common? They rank among the top 50 Best Law Firms for Women according to the Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers 2013 list.
These law firms are leaders not just in pro bono but in advancing women’s interests. They frequently promote women to leadership positions, offer generous parental leave, and allow flexible schedules and telecommuting. It turns out that family-friendly firms also tend to support successful pro bono programs and vice versa; the two go hand-in-hand. Indeed, there are notable parallels between efforts to promote women in the legal profession and campaigns to strengthen pro bono performance: greater visibility; institutionalization, a stronger staff presence and local and national networks; and increased attention and concern on the part of in-house legal departments.
At many of the firms that made the 2013 list of Best Law Firms for Women, there is “a connection between valuing pro bono and creating a firm culture where working mothers can excel.”
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