Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC has included the Firm on their inaugural list of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women. The honor recognizes and celebrates U.S. law firms who are committed to supporting the development and advancement of women in the legal profession.
In surveying firms for this list, Working Mother measured and assessed their representation of women in leadership roles, compensation and benefits, parental leave and flexibility policies and programs to help train, retain and advance women as well as their overall treatment of women in their organization (both staff and attorneys).
"Being named one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women is great recognition of Kirkland's commitment to gender equity and our ongoing dedication to the recruitment, development and promotion of our female professionals," said Kimberly P. Taylor, a partner in Kirkland's New York office.
Kirkland's best practices, progressive policies and programs put the Firm at the forefront of law firms committed to helping women attorneys balance the way they manage their careers to achieve personal and professionalsuccess. For example, the Kirkland's Women Leadership Initiative helps female attorneys feel more connected to their peers. It also provides formal training and skill development as well informal mentoring opportunities.
Another innovative Firm program is the Kirkland Parenting Link, which was established to specifically respond to questions and issues raised by parents at Kirkland (both female and male). Parenting Link provides information concerning parenting in a concise manner while offering a secondary benefit of enhancing and building relationships among young parents at the Firm.
Kirkland's industry-leading policies provide a number of benefits which foster diversity and work-life balance, including generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave, a flexible alternative work schedule program and same-sex domestic partner healthcare coverage.
The list of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women will appear in Working Mother's August/September issue, which will also be distributed to law schools all over the country. Kirkland and the other winners will be honored at the Best Law Firms Gala Awards Luncheon on Sept. 24, 2007, at the Mandarin Oriental in New York.
About Working Mother:
Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches nearly 3 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. For 20 years, the publication has set the gold standard and served as the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America, with the publication of its annual 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers list. This year mark the first that the publication has complied a list of the top law firms. The complete list of the 2007 50 Best Law Firms for Women can be found at www.workingmother.com.
About Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,300-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, corporate, restructuring, tax and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.