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Women in Law and Women’s Initiatives

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The issue of women in law, gender balance, pay parity and other issues have plagued the law business for many years.

Paul Weiss recently published a piece from one of their partners, Liza Velazquez on the role of women and balancing work / life balance.

“I am a mother to two young children and was elected to partnership while on an alternative work schedule. But it doesn’t have to be about raising children. It’s a personal decision, and Paul, Weiss recognizes this.

Each alternative schedule is as unique as the participating attorney. Paul, Weiss supports its attorneys in their endeavor for excellence in their professional lives and for fulfillment in their personal lives.”
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Nearly half of our lawyers are women and since 1996, 30 percent of our partner promotions have been women (50 percent in the Litigation Department). Women comprise almost 25% of the firm’s partnership and 40% of the firm’s Management Committee members are women.
NETWORKING GROUPS
Our firm provides many opportunities for women attorneys to get to know each other as well as mingle with clients and other professional women in the community. We host networking events, lunches and presentations throughout the year. Recently, our partners and counsel hosted a Q&A with Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, co-authors of The New York Times best-selling book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self Assurance – What Women Should Know, for our clients and friends of the firm. An additional networking event featured Savannah Guthrie, Today Show Co-Anchor and NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent.
SPONSOR PROGRAM
High-performing senior women associates are asked to join our Sponsor Program in their sixth year. A partner from their practice area serves as an advisor to guide them as they advance to the next level of their careers.
WORK/LIFE BALANCE
Cutting-edge Alternative Work Schedules
Generous Parental Leave and Infant Transition Program
Flexible Child Care Support – emergency back-up or in-home services
PARTNERSHIPS
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Paul, Weiss has entered into a partnership with the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). Partners Valerie Radwaner and Beth Wilkinson have been appointed to WILEF’s National Advisory Board and will bring the benefits of our WILEF affiliation to Paul, Weiss.

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