As part of our diversity and inclusion initiatives, we are deeply committed to the retention and advancement of women attorneys. Twenty percent of our partners, 44 percent of our associates and 31 percent of our counsel are women. Women partners hold leadership positions as practice and office leaders and as chairs or members of our Policy, Compensation and Partner Committees. For the past three years, Skadden has received the Women in Law Empowerment Forum's Gold Standard Certification for "law firms that have integrated women into the highest leadership positions in the firm." In addition, we were named "Law Firm of the Year: U.S. Northeast" at Euromoney's 2012 "Americas Women in Business Law Awards" and were the only finalist for both the "Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative" and "Best Mentoring in a Law Firm" awards at the 2012 Chambers USA "Women in Law Awards."
Our global Women’s Initiatives Committee recommends, implements and monitors efforts related to the overall professional development of women lawyers at the firm. The committee supports our continued efforts to attract and develop a pipeline of successful women lawyers at all levels.
Lean In Circles
As a platform partner with the Lean In organization, Skadden supports Lean In as a vehicle to inspire women and their employers to continue the discussion on the mutual benefits of greater diversity and empowerment in the workforce. The firm kicked off its participation in the initiative with events in offices around the world, ranging from partner panel discussions to "book club"-type conversations, and has offered support to any women who wish to form "Lean In Circles" — small groups of women meeting regularly to inspire and support one another as they move forward in their careers.