NAWL Study Finds Little Cheer on Progress of Women at Law Firms

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"Consternation...stagnation...disappointing."

These terms characterized the findings of a recent 2010 survey from the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) on the status of women in law firms. The authors find little progress for women in the ownership, management or business development leadership at the largest firms in the country.

The study also proposes that in large part changes in the structure of firms, with an array of differing levels and tracks for lawyers (such as fixed income equity partnership, contracted/outsourced jobs and staff positions), have harmed women's advancement.

The article cites specific findings in the study and draws some conclusions about how women are doing in their firms and the power of rainmaking to make a difference.

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