Bill Blowers, Ayanna Alexander, David Schultz discussed on UnCommon Law

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Billable hour. And Paula said, even in an ideal world, Bill blowers might still be around. The billable hour is going to be the last to go. It will. If it even ever goes, because that is an easy way for people to literally calculate that we're killing you and you're doing good job. So we should introduce ourselves, right? Yeah, so I'm ayanna Alexander. I'm a reporter with Bloomberg law. And I'm David Schultz and I produce and host podcasts here at Bloomberg law. And for the past few months, we've been thinking about this question a lot. What would the most women friendly law firm even look like? Law firms can be inhospitable places for women and we know this not just anecdotally, but through the data that law firms themselves report. For example, let's take a look at an ABA survey of 1200 lawyers at the country's top 500 law firms by headcount, almost three fourths of the men in this survey said they're satisfied with the recognition they receive for their work compared with just half of the women, a little more than two thirds of the male lawyers say they're happy with how their compensation is doled out compared with less than half of the female attorneys and those numbers are the same when it comes to opportunities for advancement. And when you dig around into that survey, it only gets worse. Two thirds of the female attorneys say they've been perceived as less committed to their careers. Compared with just 2% of the men. And four of every 5 female attorneys who responded say they'd been mistaken for a more junior employee for military that number was zero. I think that bears repeating 80% of the female attorneys said they've been mistaken for a junior employee while none of the male attorneys reported this happening to them. So we've really got a problem here, but we don't know or at least what I on and I wanted to find out is if you could fix this problem, how? How would you make a woman friendly law firm? If you were starting from scratch, Julie leveling the playing field, how would you? And that's what we're going to be looking into in this podcast. We've spoken to more than half a dozen women in the legal industry from the consultants to partners, and some associates near the beginning of their careers. And we're also going to hear from some women who were on track to make partner or who actually did make partner, but because of all the stress and angst they encountered, went a different way. We're calling this podcast a woman's firm and we hope you'll stick around as we build this fictional female friendly law firm from the ground up. And I am, by the way, we already have a name for our fictional firm, Paula, in addition to coming up with that long checklist also came up with a name. So I would spend a lot of money in my firm. Gal's galves and gals. LLP. There it is. Gals, gals and gals, LLP. You know, there are definitely rules about what you can name a firm and I don't think this falls within those rules, but you know what I don't care. We're calling our firm gals gals and gals. There

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