The Women’s Initiative has as its mission to support and encourage the success of women at Locke Lord. Goals include hiring, promoting and retaining female attorneys, encouraging women to take leadership roles in the Firm and providing mentoring and networking opportunities. Women’s Initiative meetings are held throughout the year and address head-on the everyday issues facing women practicing law in a large firm.
In addition to our own Women’s Initiative, we are a member of the Chicago Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms and the Houston Bar Association Gender Fairness Initiative, which have as its goal the promotion of women in law firms. Further, Firm Chair Jerry Clements serves on the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Council, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a collective voice for women of all backgrounds, classes and ages.
For the past two years, Locke Lord has garnered Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for its efforts to integrate women lawyers into the highest levels of Firm leadership. In 2013, we were one of just 42 firms to receive the WILEF honor.
Locke Lord Chair Jerry Clements was recently interviewed by the Austin Business Journal.
Locke Lord Partners Cynthia Bast and Denise Hanna were recently interviewed by Law360 for its series on Female Powerbrokers.