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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Four Minneapolis firms among best for women

The number of women vacating the legal profession has caused concern and comment for years. Some good news on this issue arrived today with the announcement that three Minneapolis law firms, and one national firm with offices in Minneapolis, made the cut of the best law firms for women according to Working Mother magazine and Flex Time Lawyers.

Kudos to Dorsey & Whitney, Gray Plant Mooty, Lindquist & Vennum, and Littler Mendelson for affording, according to Working Mother’s press release, “female and family-friendly benefits.”

Interestingly, applications for the accolade were up 30 percent this year, perhaps indicating that the importance of family-friendly scheduling for men and women, as well as attracting and retaining women lawyers, is gaining attention among law firm management. In addition to family-friendly benefits, firms were recognized in other ways. Among the current programs in place at the winning firms: 98 percent of winning firms host networking groups for female lawyers; 68 percent offer mentoring for senior female associates; and 62 percent offer management training for women.

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