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.