Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Keshet Study of Business Development

Harry Keshet, a researcher and consultant who has previously worked with the National Association of Women Lawyers, is in the midst of a study of business development that promises to be a significant resource for the legal profession. He is collecting data about business development opportunities, resources, experiences, and results, and will analyze the data by gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. More information is available here.

Ever feel like the business generation playing field wasn't quite level? Harry's study is going to tell us if that is true, and just how tilted it is for different groups of lawyers.

Ever want to know what types of business development activities are most effective for different types of lawyers and lawyers in different practice areas? This study will tell us that, too.

Of course, the study needs your participation. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and can be found here. All lawyers are encouraged to participate.

Please take a few minutes to help this worthy endeavor, and then a couple more to email your colleagues and ask them to do the same. Thanks.

Friday, May 21, 2010


Update to New Partners 2010 Report: Two More Firms Make the "Best" List

We recently updated our report on the gender composition of the new partner classes of various law firms, and the news continues to be encouraging. We included the 2010 data for Debevoise & Plimpton and Drinker Biddle, and both made our "Best" list for promoting new partner classes that are 50% or more female. From the revised press release:

The Best: Sullivan and Cromwell (100% female); Munger Tolles (100%); Weil, Gotshal (100%); Mayer Brown (75%); Seyfarth Shaw (75%); Bingham McCutcheon (71%); Proskauer Rose (67%); WilmerHale (63%); Beveridge & Diamond (60%); Winston & Strawn (60%); Drinker Biddle (57%); Jackson Lewis (56%); Latham & Watkins (55%); Greenberg Traurig (54%); Akin Gump (50%); Debevoise & Plimpton (50%); DLA Piper (50%); Duane Morris (50%); Epstein Becker & Green (50%); Fenwick & West (50%); King & Spalding (50%); Parker Poe (50%); Shook Hardy (50%); Sidley Austin (50%); and Zuckerman Spaeder (50%).

That brings the total number of "best" firms to 25 -- very impressive. The complete release can be found here.

Other changes included the inclusion of Kutak Rock to the list and the addition of data for past years for several firms. Our thanks to everyone who has helped our data gathering efforts.

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