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Data shows female lawyers are moving up faster in #MeToo era

Miriam Rozen writes, “Earlier this year, when Foley & Lardner promoted Mary Leslie Smith to become managing partner of its Miami office, the litigator welcomed the honor and recognized that it followed a recent trend.

“I had noticed an increased percentage of promotions going to women,” Smith said.

Nationwide statistics corroborate Smith’s observations. Data shows that since the allegations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced in October 2017 and spurred on the start of the #MeToo movement, women have climbed the ranks at large law firms at a faster pace than before.

Between Nov. 1, 2016, and Nov. 1, 2017—the one-year period before the allegations against Weinstein and numerous other prominent individuals emerged—some 1,503 women were promoted to partner status at their firms, according to an analysis of ALM Intelligence’s Legal Compass database.”

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