Call To Action
Call to Action
In 2005, the CBA's Alliance for Women (AFW) won the National Conference of Women's Bar Associationâ's Public Service Award for the CTA. Since 2004, the templates for the CTA and the annual measures have been shared with bar associations across the country, many of which have created calls to action in their communities.
The intent of the CTA was to promote greater focus on and increased awareness of advancing women into leadership roles in Chicago law firms. The AFW was pleased by the results achieved by the CTA in Chicago. Every one of the five CTA goals were met or exceeded by a number of signatory firms. Material progress on the issue of women in leadership roles in the Chicago legal community has been made since the inception of the CTA in 2004.
Beginning with 2009 data, a new methodology was used to continue the measurement of some of these key goals and spotlight the Chicago law firms who are leading on these issues. Every law firm with an office in Chicago that filed a form with the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) was included in the CTA metrics. (Please see the Methodology section at the end of this article.) The AFW and the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms (Coalition), an organization that was founded after the initiation of the CTA, will annually measure and publish rankings on the following:
- women partners, highlighting the firms with the highest percentages, the highest numbers and the biggest gains year over year,
- women associates, highlighting the firms with the highest percentages, the highest numbers and the biggest gains year over year, and
- women other lawyers, highlighting the firms with the highest percentages, the highest numbers and the biggest gains year over year.
Claudia Wolf and her team from Deloitte, Inc. have continued to provide pro bono assistance with the CTA, including gathering, sorting and QA/QCing the data and the calculations.
Since the end of the CTA in 2007, there has been some progress. At the conclusion of the initial CTA in 2007, the average for the percent of women partners published by NALP for Chicago was 19.31% and there were twenty-two law firms in Chicago who exceeded that average. The NALP average for the percent of women partners in Chicago for 2008 was 19.65% and there were thirty firms who exceeded that average. The NALP average for Chicago for 2009 was 20.11%. The NALP average for Chicago for 2010 was 19.92% (a gain of 61 basis points since 2007 but a loss of 19 basis points since 2009). Thirty-one firms in Chicago met or exceeded that average. The NALP average for Chicago for 2011 has not yet been published.
Our coalition welcomes members of Chicago firms who would like to advance their women's initiatives. Find out more about How to Join.