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"Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance" By Valerie L. Hletko and Andrea K. Mitchell (Law360)

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Valerie L. Hletko, Andrea K. Mitchell

A recent report by the New York State Bar Association’s commercial and federal litigation section found that female attorneys fill only about 25 percent of lead counsel roles in New York courtrooms and even less in complex cases. Coincidentally, the report was released around the same time as the firing of a Google employee who criticized efforts to address the under-representation of women in technology firms. Last month, Bloomberg asked “How Top U.S. Law Firms Get Away with Paying Women Less,” and suggested that it is, in part, because biases in inscrutable point systems discount women’s contributions. As a member of the executive committee and a co-chair of the diversity committee at an Am Law 200 firm, respectively, we’re focused on how our organization can demonstrate that diversity and excellence are intrinsically tied to one another.

These issues are particularly salient for our firm 10 years after the financial crisis. Our clients are everywhere money moves — both banks and nonbank providers of consumer financial services — and they rely on us to help them achieve economic and cultural stability and success.

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Originally published in Law360; reprinted with permission.

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