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The first returnship for women lawyers ever launched in the legal profession

The First ‘Returnship’ for Women Lawyers Ever Launched in the Legal Profession


The first returnship for women lawyers ever launched in the legal profession

Why did she leave?

How do we know she’s really ready to come back?

Can she hit the ground running?

Where will she fit in our advancement and compensation scheme?


The first returnship for women lawyers ever launched in the legal profession

Why did she leave?

How do we know she’s really ready to come back?

Can she can hit the ground running?

Where will she fit in our advancement and compensation scheme?


The first returnship for women lawyers ever launched in the legal profession

Can she hit the ground running (and eventually advance at the firm)?

  • Rigorous Screening

    • Candidates: (1) Skills/Personality Assessments, (2) Writing Test, (3) One-Hour Screening Interview and (4) Developmental Reference Check

    • Law Firms: Culture Assessment & Bright Spot Study

  • Real Work, Feedback & Internal Champions

  • External Training & Support

    • Career Counseling

    • Training in Negotiations, Business Development, Client Service, etc.

    • Unlimited Online & Live CLE

    • Monthly Cohort Meetings


The first returnship for women lawyers ever launched in the legal profession

LSAC Successful Lawyering Study

  • Conflict Resolution

    • Negotiation Skills

    • Able to See the World Through the Eyes of Others

  • Client & Business Relations – Entrepreneurship

    • Networking and Business Development

    • Providing Advice & Counsel & Building Relationships with Clients

  • Working with Others

    • Developing Relationships Within the Legal Profession

    • Evaluation, Development, and Mentoring

  • Character

    • Passion and Engagement

    • Diligence

    • Integrity/Honesty

    • Stress Management

    • Community Involvement and Service

    • Self-Development

  • Intellectual & Cognitive

    • Analysis and Reasoning

    • Creativity & Innovation

    • Problem Solving

    • Practical Judgment

  • Research & Information Gathering

    • Researching the Law

    • Fact Finding

    • Questioning & Interviewing

  • Communications

    • Influencing and Advocating

    • Writing

    • Speaking

    • Listening

  • Planning and Organization

    • Strategic Planning

    • Organizing and Managing One’s Own Work

    • Organizing and Managing Others (Staff/Colleagues)

Source: Shultz and Zedeck 2008


The first returnship for women lawyers ever launched in the legal profession

Skills/Personality Assessment

Adapted from MDQ Report; Lawyer Metrics 2012 CLI Presentation


The first returnship for women lawyers ever launched in the legal profession

Ross Legal Writing Assessment

  • Constructs –

  • Syntax

  • Expression

  • Usage

  • Free Writing

  • Composite

Source: Ross Guberman


The first returnship for women lawyers ever launched in the legal profession

Sample Question:

Each of these false statements __________ makes me wonder whether I can trust you.

  • suggests that you’re operating in bad faith, which

  • suggest that you’re operating in bad faith that

  • suggests that you’re operating in bad faith which

  • suggest that you’re operating in bad faith which

Source: Ross Guberman


The first returnship for women lawyers ever launched in the legal profession

MaryKlumpp

Cooley, Trademark, D.C.

18-year Hiatus

YvetteLanneaux

Baker Botts, Corporate, New York

6-year Hiatus

Mimi Ophir

Sidley, Global Finance, New York

16-year Hiatus

Lori Trujillo

Sidley, Corporate, Tech/Patent, Los Angeles

6-year Hiatus

PamelaZdunek

Sidley, Global Finance, Chicago

20-year Hiatus

2014 OnRamp Fellows

Sheila Bridges

Cooley, Business Litigation, San Francisco

6-year Hiatus

Dora de la Rosa

Sidley, Real Estate, Los Angeles

12-year Hiatus

Dana Glenn

Hogan Lovells, Corporate, D.C.

8-year Hiatus

Heather Hewitt

Baker Botts, Corporate, Houston

15-year Hiatus


The first returnship for women lawyers ever launched in the legal profession

The Initial Expectations & Outcomes

Expectations (January)

Actual Outcomes (Sept.)

5,000 website views

Maybe 50 applicants

4 placements

Expand by 5 or 6 firms

What else?

15,000 website views

170+ applicants

9 placements

30+ firms interested

20+ news stories (NYT)

Clients offered to help


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The First ‘Returnship’ for Women Lawyers Ever Launched in the Legal Profession


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