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 given back to their communities and the following 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.
Sidley was named by the Working Mother magazine as a 2017 Best Law Firm for Women. Sidley is among the 50 winning law firms praised for their continued attention to work/life and women’s issues and for their use of flex-time, reduced-hour and other family-friendly policies to ensure the future success of the profession. Sidley also received this honor in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007.
Liz McCloy (center) accepts the Working Mother magazine/Flextime Lawyers 2016 “Best Law Firms for Women” award from Subha V. Barry (left) and Debbie Epstein Henry (right).