Firms Get Creative To Grow Female Partner Ranks

By Julie Zeveloff (August 2, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT) -- Women still lag behind men in securing partner status at major law firms, and many experts say the failure of some female attorneys to build strong books of business factors into the discrepancy. Law360 invited firms to tell us what steps they are taking to narrow the gender gap in their partner ranks. Here is a snapshot of their initiatives.

Firms doing the most to improve the chances of women earning partnerships are doing away with the "old boys' club" mentality that typically favors male associates for the partnership track, Law360 found. They are also gearing business development programing and networking...

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