Akin Gump Named a Top Firm for Working Mothers by Yale Law Women

(New York) – Akin Gump is proud to announce that Yale Law Women (YLW) has named the firm among the Top Firms for Working Mothers and Family Planning. Akin Gump was one of only three firms recognized in that category.

The selection was announced in YLW’s 15th annual Top Firms for Gender Equity & Family Friendliness Report. The report is produced to “raise awareness of inequities within the legal profession, highlight progress being made in the industry, and identify areas for improvement.”

YLW invited all firms listed in the 2020 Vault 100 to participate in the survey it used to create its report, asking firms to provide answers to questions in areas such as Training, Mentorship & Diversity; Billable Hours & Compensation; and Promotion and Leadership. YLW then used this data to select firms based on their commitment to equity.

Regarding those firms selected as among the top for working mothers and family planning, including Akin Gump, YLW note that:

“Parental, caregiving, and personal leave are critical to workplace equity. But simply having a  policy on paper may not be sufficient―it is equally important for a firm’s culture to reflect its commitment to supporting attorneys who choose to take advantage of these policies. Gender-neutral parental leave policies, availability of child-care facilities, and on-ramping programs for women who come back to work after taking several years off can signal a firm’s dedication to cultivating a healthy and supportive workplace.”

Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith commented, “Ensuring that we are building and maintaining an inclusive workplace in which all lawyers can work and achieve to their fullest potential has long been an area of focus for us as a firm, and a priority for me. It is truly an honor to have been selected by Yale Law Women for inclusion on this prestigious list, and to have the breadth and success of our family-friendly policies recognized.”

In 2019, Akin Gump was recognized by YLW as one of its Top Ten Firms for Family Friendliness (learn more here). 

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers and advisors in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1945, the firm is proudly celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020. #AkinGump75

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