Kirkland & Ellis LLP has been named as one of Yale Law Women's 2008 Top 10 Family Friendly Firms. Kirkland was one of 10 firms chosen out of 100 that completed a 35-question survey on topics such as parental leave, child care programs and leadership opportunities for women.
"We didn't just ask [firms] about their policies," said Yale Law Women's chair, Lauren Gerber. "We also asked what percent of the lawyers took advantage of each policy, to make sure that firms weren't just paying lip service to work-life balance. We wanted to see change in action."
The top 10 firms, in alphabetical order, are:
Arnold & Porter (Washington, DC)
Covington & Burling (Washington, DC)
Dorsey & Whitney (Minneapolis, MN)
Debevoise & Plimpton (New York, NY)
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Angeles, CA)
Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago, IL)
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel (New York, NY)
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo (Boston, MA)
Perkins Coie (Seattle, WA)
WilmerHale (Boston, MA)
"We are honored to be named to this prestigious list," said Linda K. Myers, a corporate partner in Kirkland's Chicago office. "Kirkland is proud of our commitment to fostering a strong work-life balance, and we will continue to develop and maintain programs that support the families of our attorneys."
About Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,400-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex corporate, intellectual property and technology, litigation, restructuring and tax matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
About Yale Law Women
The mission of Yale Law Women (YLW) is to promote the interests of women within the law school and beyond. To this end, YLW cultivates debate and discussion of issues pertaining to women and gender broadly defined; promotes speech and action by YLW members on issues of import to women; devotes resources to student support and professional development; recognizes and fosters outstanding achievement; and advocates in service of women's interests in society.
Yale Law Women encourages and supports responsible discourse and action by its members on political issues. YLW is a non-partisan organization committed to reflection and activism in all of its work.