Orrick is proud to announce that the firm has been named as one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers for the seventh year. This annual survey recognizes law firms for their family-friendly policies and business development and career development initiatives that are aimed at advancing women lawyers. Law firms were evaluated based on the percentage of female partners and the percentage of lawyers working flexible schedules, among other criteria.
Orrick was highlighted in the feature for “giving women a boost up the career ladder” through two new initiatives - the Senior Leader Sponsorship Program, which matches Orrick Board and Management Committee members with a select group of high performing diverse partners to help achieve success as business developers and leaders within their practice group and the firm, and the Business Development Coaching Program, which offers partners one-on-one coaching. The firm was also commended for our flexible work arrangement policies and support.
In addition, our recognition that the difficulty of caring for a family in a high intensity profession like law is the #1 reason women give for dropping out, this spring Orrick announced a new parental leave program that is the most generous in the profession. The firm offers U.S. lawyers paid primary caregiver leave of 22 weeks, with 9 months’ job protection. The firm has a leading on-ramping program that allows parents to return to work at their own pace and has created the role of “Leave Liaison” to coach parents in transitioning back to practice, and provides training for leaders and sponsors in how to support working parents. In addition, this year we were pleased to offer an OnRamp Fellowship for women lawyers returning to the workforce.
Orrick is one of only two firms on all three leading measures of the best firms for women: Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyer’s Best Law Firms for Women list, Yale Law Women’s Top 10 Family Friendly Firms and the WILEF Gold Standard Certification, which recognizes success in advancing women to leadership.