As the first AmLaw 100 law firm to be headed by a woman, Goodwin has long led by example. Chairman Emeritus Regina Pisa, former chairman and managing partner, has been a beacon for women’s leadership at the firm for more than 18 years, and both she and Goodwin are highly committed to the advancement of women, not only at the firm, but also within the field of law.
The Women’s Initiative
Goodwin’s Women’s Initiative is focused on maximizing networking, business development and career opportunities for women attorneys at the firm, with a particular focus on their retention, advancement and leadership. The Initiative is chaired by partners Laura Hodges Taylor, Deborah Birnbach and Lisa Haddad and includes attorneys – women and men – from every office and department at the firm. The Initiative provides mentorship and sponsorship opportunities, and also delivers workshops and seminars that address relevant topics such as women in leadership, developing sponsor relationships, brand-building, business development skills and work-life integration.
Goodwin is a partner with OnRamp Fellowship, a program that provides a path for women lawyers to re-enter the legal field after stepping away from the practice of law for a period of time. The program provides a “re-entry” platform that matches experienced women lawyers returning to the profession with law firms for a one-year paid associate position.
OnRamp Fellows are provided with career development support through legal training, one-on-one coaching, and business development programming. The goal of the Fellowship is to replenish the pipeline of experienced women lawyers who have the potential and the desire to advance into leadership roles in a law firm environment.
Sponsorships and Accolades
The following is a representative list of our firm memberships and recent sponsorships:
- National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
- Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
- Catalyst, Inc.
- Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)
- ChIPs Women in IP
- Lean In
- Working Mother Magazine
- American Bar Association Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award
Goodwin has been recognized by many organizations for the firm’s commitment to advancing women in the legal profession. Recent accolades include:
- “Best Law Firm for Women” by Working Mother Magazine & Flex-Time Lawyers.
- “Gold Standard Certification” from Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)
- “Top 10 Family Friendly Law Firms” by Yale Law Women
- “Superior Performance in Gender Parity in Partner Promotions” from Yale Law Women
- “Top Law Firm for Women” by Multicultural Law Magazine
Women in Law Empowerment Forum
For the fourth year, Goodwin has been named to the Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s (WILEF) Gold Standard Certification list. WILEF Certification emphasizes the leadership roles achieved by equity women partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership.
Boston Women’s Workforce Council
Goodwin is a member of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, formed in 2013 to close the gender wage gap and remove the visible and invisible barriers to women’s advancement in today’s working world. The council works with businesses in the Greater Boston area in a public-private endeavor to ensure that 100% of the talent pool is used to make Greater Boston the premier place for working women in America.
Working Mother Magazine & Flex-Time Lawyers
Goodwin has been named a “Best Law Firm for Women” by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers for the seventh consecutive survey year. The annual report recognizes 50 law firms for leading the industry in creating and implementing best practices around retaining and promoting women lawyers.