Sidley has long provided unique opportunities for women in the law, embracing uniqueness in background, experience and viewpoints for a greater wellspring of talent. This credo has led Sidley to become both a successful global law firm and a professional services workplace where women thrive. At Sidley, women have cultivated careers, challenged their legal skills, risen to partnership, become leaders as well as role models, and become inspirations for future generations.
The Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women pursues strategies to maximize the firm’s success in retaining women lawyers, promoting women associates to partnership, and promoting women partners to positions of authority and power within the firm. The Committee is led by women partners from most U.S. offices, as well as London and Hong Kong.
Women in Leadership: Fostering Personal and Professional Growth
Our passion for expanding horizons for women in the firm, our clients and the business community at large inspired Sidley’s Women in Leadership series, which promotes networking for women, including the firm’s lawyers, in-house counsel and other professionals. Through a mix of engaging informal networking gatherings and business presentations, these events give women lawyers the opportunity to build relationships and develop the skills essential for success.
The Chicago CRPW hosted a Women in Leadership event on January 19 facilitated by Second City Works, the business-to-business training side of the iconic Second City theatre and improvisational school. Sidley women, alumnae, clients and friends of the firm learned to use various improvisational exercises to improve their ability to read a room, present themselves authentically and “own” their professional persona.
Sidley’s women lawyers understand the importance of giving back to the community.
Sidley’s New York Sidley’s New York office hosted a “SidleyWomen” Evening of Service in partnership with New York Cares and Sheltering Arms. More than 100 women clients, friends of the firm, Sidley lawyers and summer associates assembled summer reading kits for underserved school children.
Working Mother magazine named Sidley as a 2018 “Best Law Firm for Women.” This annual list recognizes law firms that have instituted “best in class” initiatives for retaining and promoting women lawyers. Selection criteria is reflected in a rigorous application process that examines factors including female lawyer representation, schedule flexibility, paid time off, parental leave and the development and retention of women. This is the 10th year that Sidley has been included on the list.
Partner Liz McCloy (right) accepts Sidley’s award as a 2018 “Best Law Firm for Women” from Subha Barry (left), senior vice president and managing director of Working Mother Media.