Innovative Practices/Support

    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 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 junior lawyers with a business development infrastructure thereby increasing their 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 for 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 16 weeks of paid family leave. Additional unpaid leave is also ‎available on a case-by-case basis.‎

    Partner Compensation

    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.‎

    Women's Initiative

    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 their goal the ‎promotion of women in law firms. Further, Firm Chair Emeritus Jerry Clements serves on the Board of ‎Directors of the National Women’s Council, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide a collective voice ‎for women of all backgrounds, classes and ages. Janis Loegering, a member of the Firm’s Executive ‎Committee, is a Founding Member of the Center for Women in Law, which was established in 2008 by a ‎group of women devoted to advancing women in the law — from first-year law students to the most ‎experienced and accomplished attorneys. ‎

    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.‎


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