Women dominate new partner classes at elite firms
Ball pits no more! Major props to Watchell, Cleary, and King & Spalding for trying to elevate the female to male ratio.
After all the depressing stuff I've been reporting about women lately, I'm relieved that I can finally tell you something positive. At several firms this year (see related post on Debevoise & Plimpton), women made up the majority of new partners! So far, these firms include:
-- Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (four women out of seven new partners);
-- King & Spalding (five out of eight); and
-- Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (two out of three).
Okay, two out of three might be a fluke, but it's noteworthy because we're talking about über-elite, über-macho Wachtell, Lipton, which has always had pathetic stats on women partners. (As Wachtell alum David Lat at Above the Law points out, there are only six female partners out of a total of 78, not counting the two new additions). One of the new partners, corporate lawyer Karessa Cain (sounds like a reality show star, no?), made partner in only six years! Man, her time sheets must be a sight to behold.
Legallyblonde and the rest of the girls here, do you see this as a trend?