Business Development Initiative
The Firm has developed a mechanism for lawyers throughout its offices to forge relationships and develop business. Both diverse and non-diverse lawyers participate in this initiative, which is also designed to cultivate business development skills in Associates and help them to reach developmental benchmarks. This is a tangible mechanism for the Firm to advance business development by its diverse lawyer population, in much the same manner that particular practice groups' marketing efforts are supported. The initiative not only promotes firm-wide business development and teamwork, but also promotes another of its important goals - to provide more junior lawyers with a business development infrastructure thereby increasing their likely success, retention and promotion.
Domestic Partner Benefits
Benefits afforded to our employees and their spouses extend to both same sex and opposite sex domestic partners.
Flexible Work Arrangements
We have for many years officially recognized flexible work schedules which permit lawyers to modify the customary daily schedules and billable hour requirements to suit various personal demands. At Locke Lord, our flexible work arrangement policy is expressly designed to avoid suspension of lawyers' opportunities for professional growth and career development. The Firm's policies provide for reduced-hour lawyers to attain or maintain full partnership. This provides incentive to valued, experienced lawyers to remain with the Firm long-term so that these professionals actively enjoy a career that includes both flexibility and upward mobility.
Paid Family Leave
All lawyers are eligible for a total of up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. Additional unpaid leave is also available on a case-by case basis.
Participation in the Firm's diversity and inclusion efforts is an important criterion in evaluating Partners for annual compensation purposes. Each year, our Partners are assessed on their individual mentoring, diversity and inclusion-related and other similar efforts. The Firm is actively considering other mechanisms for encouraging every partner to individually act toward increasing and sustaining diversity and inclusion.
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 lawyers, 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.
Locke Lord received Gold Standard Certification for three consecutive years (2012-2014) from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for integrating women lawyers into the highest levels of Firm leadership. It is one of just 45 firms nationwide to receive the WILEF honor in 2014.