International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that it has received Gold Standard Certification from the Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). WILEF Certification is the only initiative directed toward certifying, publicly recognizing and broadly publicizing eligible law firms that have integrated women into the highest leadership positions in the firm. Law firms with 100 or more practicing lawyers in the United States are eligible for the 2011 WILEF Gold Standard Certification if they successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees, and of their most highly compensated partners. Only 40 firms nationally have qualified for this recognition to date in 2011.
Dorsey Managing Partner Marianne D. Short said, ”We are honored to be recognized by WILEF for the Firm’s success in integrating women partners into leadership positions throughout the Firm. We are proud of what we have accomplished but recognize the advancement of women in the law is a long-term process. There is more to do and we will continue to focus on enhancing career opportunities for all attorneys.”