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A bleak picture’ for women trying to rise at law firms

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Three former female partners have brought a $100 million lawsuit accusing the now-merged firm Chadbourne & Parke of gender pay disparity. Chadbourne is contesting the claim./CreditAlex Wroblewski for The New York Times

By Elizabeth Olson | The New York Times

Even as more women add a law degree to their résumés, carving out a successful career at a law firm remains an uphill endeavor.

While initiatives and conferences to expand the number of women who are equity partners at law firms are something of a cottage industry, progress for women is, at best, static, according to the “2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report,” released on Monday by the legal publication Law 360.

Women are 50.3 percent of current law school graduates, yet they still make up just under 35 percent of lawyers at law firms, the report found. Most important, their share of equity partnerships — where the highest compensation and leadership positions are lodged — remains at 20 percent and has not changed in recent years, the report found.

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