Palo Alto – November 30, 2015 – Cooley partner Kay Chandler will participate in the Women in Law Hackathon, a "Shark Tank"-style pitch competition created by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law.
The event will bring together 54 high-level partners from US law firms who will work virtually in nine teams to devise an innovative project or initiative that boosts the advancement and retention of experienced women lawyers in law firms. The teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges at Stanford Law School on June 24, 2016. The top three teams will grant the prize money – $10,000 for first place – to a nonprofit of their choice that is committed to advancing women in the legal profession and beyond.
Diversity Lab was founded by Caren Ulrich Stacy, who also founded the OnRamp Fellowship, the first "returnship" ever launched in the legal profession for women. Cooley piloted the program in 2014 and remains an active participant, hiring an additional three fellows in 2015.
"Cooley is dedicated to championing the advancement of women in the legal profession and ensuring that Cooley remains a place for women to thrive and succeed," said Chandler, a member of Cooley's compensation committee and co-chair of the firm's Women's Initiative. "I'm excited to be involved in this project, which brings a solution-oriented approach to improving the status quo."
In September, Fortune magazine named Cooley a "Best Workplace for Women," ranking it number 36 out of 100, and the number one law firm on the list. Cooley is consistently named one of the "50 Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers and is a four-time recipient of WILEF's Gold Standard Certification.
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