Working Mother Honors V&E Among 2018 "Best Law Firms for Women"
Working Mother magazine has once again named Vinson & Elkins as one of the “Best Law Firms for Women.” This is the eighth time V&E has been recognized by the publication for utilizing best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers.
To compile the list, Working Mother collaborated with the ABA Journal to highlight law firms where on average, almost half of associates and more than a third of partners are women, while one-fifth of equity partners are women. Firms are also lauded for increasingly offering extended parental-leave benefits and encouraging more lawyers to work remotely and use flexible hours.
“The law firms that make Working Mother‘s list are remarkable for their long-term commitment to retaining and promoting women lawyers,” said Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother.
Among V&E’s many diversity and inclusion programs is the Women’s Initiative, chartered in 2000, which focuses on the retention and advancement of women lawyers. The Initiative offers a variety of programs to help the firm’s women lawyers develop and connect with one another, including mentoring programs, networking events, new parent mentoring program, post-family leave phase-in and flexible work arrangements and remote work benefits.
“We believe it’s of the utmost importance to provide support to our women lawyers and empower them to build successful legal careers,” said Trina Chandler, partner, Management Committee member and chair of V&E’s Women’s Initiative. “Our thanks go out to Working Mother and the ABA Journal for this recognition and the important work they are doing to explore and address diversity issues in the legal field.”
This year, V&E was also recognized among Yale Law Women’s “Top 10 Family Friendly Law Firms” for leadership in developing and implementing family friendly practices and policies.
The 2018 Working Mother “Best Law Firms for Women” application included more than 300 questions about attorney representation, schedule flexibility, paid time off and parental leaves and development and retention of women. The full list is available here.
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