Originally published: June 20, 2016
Law firms blow a lot of rhetorical hot air affirming their commitment to achieving gender diversity in the workplace. Yet, despite some isolated efforts to hire and retain more female attorneys and promote more women into partnership, little tangible progress has been made to improve the position of women in the profession. Prior to our publication of The Law Firm Gender Diversity Index, information on diversity efforts had been largely anecdotal. The Index, created by NavForward in partnership with ATL — and sponsored by Bloomberg Law — is the first study to ever collect and analyze raw data on gender diversity in the legal market. The Index categorizes every lawyer in the largest 1,200 firms in the country and is the most comprehensive and accurate database of its kind available anywhere.