Palo Alto – July 16, 2021 – For the 10th consecutive year, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum has certified Cooley as a Gold Standard law firm. The Gold Standard is WILEF’s highest level of recognition for commitment to the advancement of women in the legal industry.
WILEF awards Gold Standard Certification to firms that meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among equity partners, in firm leadership positions and in the ranks of their most highly compensated partners. For 2021 certification, the criteria increased in several categories. Firms in the US needed to satisfy the mandatory criterion that 25% of equity partners or 40% of the lawyers becoming equity partners during the past 12 months were women and that 10% of women equity partners were women of color or 4% of women equity partners were LGBTQ+, in addition to meeting at least two of four other criteria.
Cooley is regularly recognized for its inclusive and equitable culture. For three years in a row, the firm has been distinguished with Diversity Lab's Mansfield Certification, which measures whether firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers or lawyers with disabilities in a notable number of current leadership roles. Other national and regional publications also often note Cooley as a great place to work for all, including Working Mother, Crain’s New York Business and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
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