The 2017 law360 glass ceiling report states that women are 50.3% of current law school graduates, yet they still make up just under 35% of lawyers at law firms.
According to 2017 data collected by the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) only 30% nonequity partners are women. The proportion drops even lower for full partners, to 19% —a figure that has increased only three percentage points since 2006.
According to a recent survey by Acritas, the mean average pay gap between male equity partners and female equity partners is 27%
Among the AmLaw 200, women comprise only 4% of executive management overall.
THERE IS WORK TO BE DONE
FIRST CHAIR, an organization designed to bring together a community of accomplished attorneys in private practice with their talented in-house peers to recognize achievement, is making a commitment to advancing pay equity by hosting a two-day conference to share best practices and develop better hiring, promotion, and pay policies.
FIRST CHAIR intends to motivate the legal industry to address the issue of pay equity by educating senior management and assisting with the implementation of pay equity compliance programs.