I have two daughters and a son.
My oldest daughter is in college, pursuing an engineering degree at Harvey Mudd. They other is in third grade. It is unlikely that either will pursue a legal career, but you never know. Frankly, the legal profession has not been very welcoming to women attorneys.
A fellow University of Denver School of Law adjunct faculty member is out to change that. Caren Ulrich Stacy, a professional development and recruitment consultant in Colorado, has launched an innovative program to support women who have left the practice of law re-enter the profession at four major law firms – Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells and Sidley Austin.
Leadership for Lawyers is proud to be one of the contributing consultants to the program, offering leadership training to the Fellows. I am very excited about Caren’s initiative to reduce the risk to law firms and support women re-entering the profession and proud to be part of the all-star team of consultants that include Tim Leishman, Jordan Furlong, Ida Abbott, Larry Richard, Catherine MacDonagh, Tim Corcoran and Sara Holtz, among others.
Caren Ulrich Stacy describes the program in her press release:
“The OnRamp Fellowship is an innovative, new program in the legal profession aimed at facilitating the re-entry of experienced women lawyers.
Recent NALP statistics highlight the leaky pipeline in law firms – the number of midlevel and senior senior female associates has dropped for four straight years. And although the gender breakdown of entry-level associates at most AmLaw 200 firms is typically 50/50, women represent only 16% of partners.
In their continuing efforts to attract and retain high-performing women lawyers, four major law firms – Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells and Sidely Austin – have signed on as the inaugural pilot participants for the OnRamp Fellowship in 2014.
Created by lawyer recruitment, development and diversity veteran Caren Ulrich Stacy, the OnRamp Fellowship is a re-entry platform that matches experienced, women lawyers returning to the profession with law firms for a one-year, paid training contract. Through the Fellowship, returning women lawyers will have an opportunity to demonstrate their value in the marketplace while also increasing their experience, skills and legal contacts.
“This is a classic win-win situation for both returning lawyers and law firms,” said Ulrich Stacy. “Lawyers with the skills and the desire to return to and advance the profession will be placed in law firms and given complex legal assignments while receiving ongoing feedback and support. The participating law firms gain access to highly qualified talent while also increasing gender diversity in the profession as a whole.”
The participating law firms will select from among qualified applicants who have completed a rigorous screening process, which includes a personality, skills, values and writing assessment as well as a behavioral interview. If selected for a Fellowship position, the returning lawyers are provided career-development support through:
1. Unlimited access to online CLE provided by PLI and ALI-CLE;
2. Training by specialists in negotiations, business development and leadership; and
3. One-on-One coaching by legal-career counseling experts in the profession.”
Maybe it is time for me to talk to my 8 year-old about law school.