Bradley attorney Margaret Cupples was quoted in Bloomberg Law on women making strides in Big Law. According to a May 2016 American Bar Association report, while women represent just under 50 percent of law school graduates, they make up only 24 percent of Fortune 500 general counsel and 18 percent of equity partners in general practice.
“There are a lot of challenges that women have that aren’t going away soon, and you really need to look for an environment where the firm is supportive of flexible schedules or different career paths,” Cupples said. She says she encourages young associates and law students to steer clear of firms that don’t want to talk about their flex-time and leave policies. She also advises them to check if the firm is really walking the walk.
“Don’t just look at women who are doing it, but other people at the firm who have an unconventional schedule or are working from home,” Cupples said. “If the men are doing it, it’s a pretty good signal that the women are doing it too, and that it’s accepted.”
The complete article, “5 Women on How to Climb the Big Law Ladder,” appeared in Bloomberg Law on August 25, 2016.