The Diversity and Flexibility Alliance has recognized Shook as among its “Tipping the Scales” firms for having 50% or more women in its 2020 new partner class. Shook was one of 46 law firms identified based on the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance’s New Partner Report, a compilation of public data released each year for the past nine years.
The Report revealed that overall, only 40.9% of new partners in 137 major U.S. law firms in 2020 were women. Manar Morales, president of the Alliance, stated the importance of Shook and the other recognized firms who reach and exceed the 50% mark.
“By promoting equal numbers of men and women to partner,” Morales said, “these firms have signaled their commitment to gender parity and their understanding of the value that women in leadership brings to their firm and clients.”
The Diversity and Flexibility Alliance is a think tank that collaborates with organizations to develop non-stigmatized flexible work policies that promote inclusive work cultures and help to advance more women into leadership positions.
Shook has been recognized for its commitment to women attorneys by other organizations, including The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), Working Mother magazine, and Law360’s “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys,” and as a Top 25 Firm in National Law Journal’s “500 Women In Law” Scorecard.
Shook also supports women through initiatives within the firm including the Women’s Management Council and Junior Women’s Management Council which hold seminars for women to discuss the challenges of work/life integration and leadership opportunities and provide forums to network with successful women attorneys and judges in the greater legal community.