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2010 Diversity Seminar

The Next Generation of Gender Dynamics in Law Firms and In-House Legal Departments

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception to follow

Although women have made up about 50% of law school students and law firm summer associates for over 15 years, their advancement within law firms has not kept pace with their entry into the legal profession or into law firms.  Most firms currently have between 12% and 18% women in their partnerships, and the numbers are even less when the statistics are spliced to examine equity partners and income partners separately.  Recent research has also illuminated the trend that female equity partners make considerably less money than their male counterparts.

In Fortune 500 corporations, women account for 15% of General Counsel positions.  In Fortune 501-1000 companies, women comprise 15.2% of the General Counsel positions.  Although the numbers have increased substantially over the last few years, women lawyers still make only 80.5% of male lawyers' salaries.

This interactive program, presented by Dr. Arin N. Reeves of The Athens Group,  will explore the various areas of subtle and unconscious perspectives that many of us have in relation to gender, and we will identify ways in which these perspectives can be tweaked to remove the barriers that still exist in women's paths.  This presentation will also present several ways in which generational differences interact with gender differences and how law firms and corporate legal departments can create environments that account for the different expectations and objectives ushered in by the youngest lawyers. 

This Program Has Been Approved for 4 hours Professional Responsibility/ Ethics CLE Credit
Completion of 4 hours in this topic area is required under Illinois MCLE
reporting rules.  These hours can also be applied as general CLE credit hours.

Barack Ferrazzano is pleased to host this complimentary program at our offices for our clients and friends.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to your BFKN attorney or Julie O’Connor at

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