Women's Initiative

We support and encourage the success of talented women lawyers and business professionals—within our firm, among our clients, and throughout the world. Our women lawyers play an increasingly greater role in leading the firm.

We are committed to the advancement of our professionals, and provide numerous mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities throughout the year. We also regularly co-host social networking and professional development events with our clients, creating opportunities to strengthen our relationships outside the office.

Examining the pursuit of gender parity in boardrooms around the globe

Gender Parity
We continued our efforts to raise awareness and spark discussion around the topic of gender parity in the boardroom. The firm published the fourth edition of Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom, our ongoing series on the legislative, regulatory, and private sector developments impacting the representation of women on corporate boards globally. In this new edition, we take a deeper look at jurisdictions in Asia and Africa, as well as provide updates from the United States and Japan. Although there is little debate over the value of diversity on corporate boards of directors, real change appears elusive in a number of markets, including the U.S. While we found signs of progress in countries such as Thailand, Kenya, and the GCC, there seemed to be little substantial change in Pakistan, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, Nigeria, Japan, and the U.S.

Our full report includes developments from more than 40 jurisdictions. As this issue continues to draw discussion, we continue to expand the scope of our research and evolve our report. Click here to access the full report.

Empowering women lawyers throughout their careers

Recently, UCLA Law announced the creation of UCLA Law Women LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Advancement, and Distinction), a professional development and support network for its female students and alumnae. Paul Hastings partner Nancy Abell and Gap, Inc. EVP and general counsel Michelle Banks are the founding co-chairs who spearheaded the development of LEAD with UCLA Law Dean Rachel Moran. Paul Hastings partner Heather Morgan serves as a founding board member. Built around a dynamic, social media-based website, the program seeks to provide students and alumnae with the connections and professional knowledge they need to help them succeed in law. In addition, LEAD hosts a series of professional development and networking events, both on campus and around the U.S. The network seeks to support women lawyers at all stages of their careers through a variety of targeted programs and resources—from job search assistance and advice on advancement for younger lawyers, to mentorships that support mid-career attorneys, to programs on making career transitions and establishing a healthy work/life balance for more experienced lawyers.






Contact Us

To learn more about our women's initiatives, please contact:

Donna Marie Melby

Chair, Women's Initiatives Committee

+1 213 683 6098