Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, has been recognized as one of the 2011 Top Ten Family-Friendly Firms by Yale Law Women, Yale Law School’s student organization devoted to promoting the interests of women in law school and the legal profession. Mayer Brown was one of only four firms to have made the list three years in a row.
“Our inclusion in this prestigious list of family-friendly law firms underscores our continuing commitment to provide attorneys with support programs and policies that help them balance their professional and personal lives,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Bert Krueger.
Family-friendly programs offered to Mayer Brown’s US lawyers include: part-time work opportunities; back-up child care service; up to 18 weeks of paid leave of absence for new parents, including new mothers, new fathers and adoptive parents; and a coaching program to provide support to new parents returning from work from maternity, paternity and adoption leave. The firm also offers up to six weeks paid leave for lawyers who need time to serve as a primary caregiver for elderly family members. In addition, Mayer Brown is a founding member and sponsor of the Project for Attorney Retention, which works to stem lawyer attrition at large firms by promoting work/life balance and the advancement of women in the legal profession.
“As the legal field heads toward recovery after the recent financial crisis, Yale Law Women believes that the focus on family friendly firm policies and policies designed for the retention of women remains more important and pressing than ever,” said Yale Law Women Chair, Noorain Kahn. “As the prototypical law firm model adapts to accommodate new market demands, Yale Law Women hopes leading firms will take the opportunity to set the example for implementing more flexible work arrangements and career paths for their attorneys.”
Yale Law Women surveyed firms from the 2010 Vault “Top 100 Law Firms” list and selected firms who practice and develop family friendly policies for attorneys.