On April 18, 2022, the National Association of Women Lawyers released its 2021 report on the Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms. Elizabeth Manno, a partner in Venable’s IP Litigation – Technology Group, serves as a co-chair on NAWL’s Survey Committee.
NAWL’s Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms is an annual survey of Am Law200 law firms that tracks the progress of women’s careers in private practice, their leadership roles in firms, and the policies and practices used by firms to enhance career opportunities for women lawyers. According to NAWL, it has proved to be not only an important source of information about the state of women in law firms, but also an important tool law firms can use to benchmark their own success and learn what policies lead to real change. Responding firms completed questions regarding the demographics of attorneys at various levels, particularly women, and supplied information about credit, succession, engagement with best practices related to employment decisions, compensation, hours and billing, and diversity initiatives and other programming designed to support women, attorneys of color, and diversity, equity, and inclusion broadly in law firms.
The mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law. Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support, and collective success.
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