Women missing out at elite law firms says study
Women at some of the best known law firms in the world are missing out on big money and promotion according to a new academic study.
Stanford Law School’s report ‘Retaining and Advancing Women in National Law Firms’ found that at elite law firms, women are on average billing fewer hours than men; earning lower incomes than men; are retained at lower rates; and ultimately, are less much likely to advance to the partnership.
At the top 250 law firms in the US, just 5 firms say that women make up more than 25 per cent of their equity partners. It means that the drive towards more women at law school and junior lawyer level has not resulted in higher rates of female partners.
Stanford’s Professor Deborah Rhode says that the assumption that equality would eventually work out organically is not proving to be the case. Women are not facing a ‘glass ceiling’ but an “impenetrable concrete” one, the report
White & Case hires A&O energy partner as consultant
Paul Griffin is joining White & Case after six years with Allen & Overy. Griffin relocated to Hong Kong in 2011 to bolster A&O’s oil and gas practice in Asia-Pacific.
He was previously with Herbert Smith Freehills leading energy groups. At White & Case he will hold a consultancy role.
Global firm appoints director of professional responsibility
Baker & McKenzie has appointed Kerry Miller as its director of professional responsibility. He joins from Deloitte Global in Chicago where he was deputy general counsel.
Miller replaces Rodney Stone who has retired from Baker & McKenzie after nearly thirty-five years at the law firm.
Lawsuit claims TV show ‘Ellen’ mocked woman’s name
The TV show ‘Ellen’ has been hit with a lawsuit for a feature about allegedly humorous business names.
Fox News reports that the show, fronted by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, included a section which joked about names including the Nipple Convalescent Home.
The audience may have laughed but one of those featured, real estate agent Titi Pierce, did not.
In a lawsuit filed against producers Warner Bros. this week, Titi (whose name is pronounced Tee Tee) claims that DeGeneres mispronounced her name purposely to make a joke about breasts.
She is claiming undisclosed damages for invasion of privacy, defamation and emotional distress.