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Goodwin Procter stands out in its promotion of women to positions of power.

Summary: Despite all the work that is being done in the United States to elevate women to positions of power in law, there is still a ...

Despite all the work that is being done in the United States to elevate women to positions of power in law, there is still a long way to go. Studies show that there are big gaps in the number of women versus number of men who hold lead counsel positions in the U.S. Other research goes to show that the traditional law firm model is not effective for presenting opportunities for women to rise to positions of power, thereby disabling law firms who follow such models from developing diverse boards. Still, some successful models of gender-diverse firms persist: Goodwin Procter, has been named as a "Best Law Firm for Women" by Working Mother magazine for the sixth year in a row.

David M. Hashmall, chairman of Goodwin Procter, commented in a statement: "Goodwin Procter is committed to advancing women attorneys and we are proud to once again be recognized by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers. From programming on business development and networking to sponsorship opportunities to flex schedules, the firm, and in particular our Women's Initiative, consistently strives to support and enhance the career path for our female attorneys."

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That Women's Initiative is a firm-sponsored project that supports the development, advancement and retention of its attorneys. The Initiative maximizes networking and career opportunities for women at Goodwin Procter. Professional development, training, career growth, business development and work/life balance are the support goals of the project, in addition to providing mentorship and sponsorship opportunities.

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers established the "50 Best Law Firms for Women" survey back in 2007 by in order to "recognize law firms that were successfully retaining and promoting women lawyers," according to the company. Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media said: "The 50 Best Law Firms for Women are setting and pushing forward the standard when it comes to retaining women--and advancing them to the very top, equity partnership. These firms are also committed to creating best practices that support working parents."

As the first AM Law 100 law firm to be led by a woman, Goodwin Procter set an example from the beginning when Regina Pisa -- elected to Chairman and Managing Partner in 1998 -- began her tenure of 16 years as Chairman, and currently serves as Goodwin's Chairman Emeritus. The firm serves as an example to others working their way towards employing gender-diverse staffs and boards.

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