Uplift: McGlinchey Women’s Initiative
In 2020, less than 40% of U.S. attorneys were women. According to the National Association of Women Lawyers, women comprise 47% of associates, and just 31% of non-equity partners and 21% of equity partners in U.S. firms.
Seeking to move McGlinchey forward in understanding why women are not promoted and retained at the same rate as men in the legal profession, and working towards strategically correcting that fact, Uplift was born.
Uplift’s mission is to be the home for McGlinchey’s women attorneys to convene, engage, empower, and advocate for each other in their work, in leadership, in their communities, and across the legal profession and industries the firm serves.
Internally, Uplift is invested in creating a community where women lawyers across offices and practices share opportunities, experiences, and advice, continually fostering open and substantive communication and advocating for women in positions of leadership in client service and across the firm’s organizational structure.
In the legal and business community, Uplift empowers McGlinchey’s women attorneys in pursuing business relationships, elevating their visibility in given industries and practice areas, and empowering the next generation of women lawyers.
In McGlinchey’s local communities, Uplift identifies opportunities for the firm’s women attorneys to support women and girls in gaining access to opportunities and building the best possible future.
Uplift’s leadership coordinates internally with McGlinchey’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and other affinity groups, as well as the Recruitment, Human Resources, Business Development, and other departments for the benefit of the firm at large, such as supporting the firm’s efforts at becoming Mansfield Certified in 2023.
Women attorneys at McGlinchey serve in senior leadership roles across the firm, as members of the firm’s Policy Committee, section and office leaders, committee chairs, and other prominent positions nationwide. As of 2021, 40% of our office managing members are women. Our women attorneys are also viewed as leaders in their areas of practice and communities and serve in leadership roles in numerous professional, legal, and community organizations.
“As women practicing law, we have unique considerations and experiences, both professionally and personally,” says Kristi Richard (Baton Rouge) Member and Uplift co-chair. “Uplift will be a place where we can get to know and learn from each other in order to effect change for the good of our careers, our industry, and our communities across the firm’s national footprint.”
“Given the firm’s new leadership and our #McGlincheyForward initiative, the timing was perfect for us to expand and build on our women’s programming,” says Kim Israel (Jacksonville), Member and co-chair of Uplift. “We’re excited to engage with women in every office to elevate, empower, and support each other to further our personal development, strengthen our client relationships, and ensure we are the best advocates we can be.”