Gaveling the Glass Ceiling: Applauding our Progress & Looking at the Road Ahead

Topics: Diversity, Law Firms, Talent Development, Thomson Reuters, Women’s Leadership Blog Posts

For our January issue of “Gaveling the Glass Ceiling,” we herald in the new year — 2017 — as we applaud the progress we’ve made in easing barriers to women’s advancement in the legal profession, even as we acknowledge the steep climb ahead toward further progress in the coming year.

When we launched our Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) initiative last year along with this newsletter, we began a journey to address the structural barriers and create the type of cultural change that’s needed at the organizational level for women to succeed and advance in the legal industry. Throughout the year, we featured the kind of content on the TWLL blog page that highlighted organizations’ successes in removing those types of barriers. Along the way, we spotlighted the success stories of some of the most powerful women in law, business, government and academia, along with male colleagues who are champions of women’s advancement.

Like last year, we are already working on a new slate of roundtable dinners, panel forums and networking discussions to be scheduled in the coming months — more on those as details are finalized!

One big event we can tell you about is the 3rd Annual Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum, which this year will focus on encouraging empowerment by improving women’s participation and representation throughout a law firm or legal department. The one-day event will be held March 2 in New York City — book your tickets now!


We herald in 2017, as we applaud the progress we’ve made in easing barriers to women’s advancement in the legal profession, even as we acknowledge the steep climb ahead toward further progress in the coming year.


In this issue of Gaveling the Glass Ceiling we continued to shine the spotlight on accomplished women in law and give voice to their stories. We speak to Fran Griesing, a Philadelphia attorney who, after more than 30 years in top-tier law firms in New York and Philadelphia, decided she wanted to create a law practice with a strong mentoring structure for female and diverse attorneys and a flexible environment for them to thrive in.

At her namesake firm, Griesing Law LLC, which today employs a total of 20 attorneys and support staff, she employs different approaches to collaboration and origination credit that encourage diversity and inclusion.

We also feature a video interview with Judy Perry Martinez, Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services, which last year released its report on how to improve the legal industry and help it deal with the significant challenges it faces. One of the important challenges — providing better access to legal services for all people — she discusses in the video.

As we now welcome the new year, we hope you join us in furthering the discussion of women’s advancement in 2017 and beyond. We also hope to encourage your participation as we plan for new events, post new interviews and foster new dialogs around how we and our colleagues can keep striving to lower the barriers to the advancement of women in the legal industry.

If you have something to add and share, we welcome the conversation on our Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law blog and look forward to bringing this discussion into 2017.