Global Women's Initiative
Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative (GWI) empowers women lawyers to succeed by fostering an environment that provides opportunities for development, advancement and leadership within the firm. Members of the GWI meet regularly with firm leadership to identify and implement initiatives that promote opportunities for women lawyers to advance and take on leadership roles throughout the firm.
Among Dechert’s initiatives that focus on women lawyers are formal and informal mentoring, development training, internal and external networking, special interest events, and leadership training. The GWI launched the Sponsorship and Sustained Support Program for senior women associates to help navigate the path to partnership. Local GWI Chapters host welcome receptions for new women associates and business and legal community events, including networking events for International Women’s Day.
At Dechert, we empower women to succeed by fostering an environment that provides opportunities for their development, advancement and leadership within the firm.
The firm’s Sponsorship and Sustained Support (SASS) program, launched in 2015, is designed to help senior women counsel, national partners and associates navigate the path to partnership. SASS provides targeted individual and small group support, which includes general information sessions; skill-level appropriate training; individualized attention from Dechert partners; access to consultants and advisors; and networking opportunities. In the five years prior to its implementation, 18 percent of lawyers promoted to partner were women. In the five years since its implementation, 31 percent were women.
Local Women Liaison Initiative
Local Women Liaisons (LWL) is part of Dechert's Global Women's Initiative and a supplement to the already active GWI initiatives. Women are selected to serve in a leadership role and lead their respective local office women's initiatives. Each local office is responsible for planning professional development panels, brown bag lunches, museum visits, or career development panels. Other events can range from welcome receptions for new women and summer and fall associates. Some of the events are client-facing giving the junior women an opportunity to build client relationships and networking opportunities.
Celebrating International Women’s Day
Dechert recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of all women and hosts annual, firmwide celebrations for everyone at Dechert as well as clients and contacts of the firm.
Most recently, the GWI welcomed Sandie Okoro for a conversation exploring leadership, inclusion, equity and mentorship as well as the role that lawyers can play to address gender bias and inequity. Okoro is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group and Vice President for Compliance at the World Bank. She is the first British national and first black woman to hold this role.
Dechert provides pro bono legal services to women who cannot afford legal counsel. We represent women in domestic violence cases, assist them with petitions made under the Violence Against Women Act and, with partner organizations like The Advocates for Human Rights, work to improve domestic violence laws in countries around the world. We regularly staff clinics, including those organized by the New York City Family Court Legal Services Project, which counsel women on a range of family law, homelessness and human trafficking issues.
We also support Inspiring Girls International, an organization that is dedicated to raising the aspirations of young girls around the world by connecting them with women role models.
Learn more about our renowned pro bono program.
Tipping the Scales – Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, 2020 – For having 50 percent or more of women in our 2020 U.S.-based new partner class
Top Companies for Executive Women – National Association for Female Executives, 2020
Investigation Team of the Year – C5, Women in Compliance Awards, 2020
100 Best Companies – Working Mother, 2020
Best Law Firms for Women – Working Mother, 2020
Women Worth Watching in Stem, 2020 – Profiles in Diversity Journal – Four women recognized
Euromoney/Legal Media Group’s Rising Stars Awards, 2020 – Four women recognized
Top 10 Firms for Family Friendliness – Yale Law Women, 2019
Highly Commended for Most Pioneering Firm for Female Lawyers – Chambers USA, 2019
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