Gaveling the Glass Ceiling: Celebrating Male Colleagues Who Are Champions of Women in Law

Topics: Corporate Legal, Diversity, Government, Law Firms, Talent Development, Women’s Leadership Blog Posts

For the December issue of “Gaveling the Glass Ceiling,” we shine the spotlight on our male colleagues, particularly those who participated in our recent event, Engaging Male Champions in the Legal Industry, which was co-sponsored by Thomson Reuters and Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

Eileen P. Kelly of Thomson Reuters chronicled the event, which Jami Wintz McKeon, Firm Chair of Morgan Lewis, kicked off with opening remarks that spoke to the progress women have experienced in the industry and the structural obstacles that still hinder that progress.

Presentations by participants like Joe Guastella, Managing Principal and U.S. Consulting Leader in Financial Services for Deloitte Consulting; Alan Bryan, Senior Associate General Counsel at Wal-Mart Stores; and Gregory B. Jordan, General Counsel and Head of Regulatory & Government Affairs for PNC Financial Services Group, described various reasons why these male champions have become advocates for women in legal and the ways in which they contribute.

Perhaps the inclusive and optimistic mood of the evening was best summed up by Steve Browne, Managing Partner for Client Services at Morgan Lewis, who said his career experiences have shown the benefits that diversity and inclusion provide — not just to the women positively impacted, but to the entire team and to the organization as well. “I’m a better attorney when I work with women,” Browne said at the panel. “They challenge me, call me on things, and make me consider other things.”


We greatly appreciate and are honored by the contributions of our colleagues in the legal profession who make advocating for women and working to remove the structural hurdles that women still face an important and continuing part of their legal career.


Also, this month we heard from Garry Lischin, deputy general counsel for BNY Mellon, who discussed the opportunities he’s had to to mentor women and diverse lawyers and support their success. He also spoke about why it’s so important for him and other male lawyers to encourage other male colleagues to get involved.

This month, we also featured a podcast with Katia Bloom, Associate General Counsel for ForgeRock, in which she talks about SunLaw, a new organization for women in-house attorneys. The networking opportunities, camaraderie and support of groups like this also helps move us down the path to better inclusion and diversity. This important development is definitely worth a listen!

We at Thomson Reuters’ Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) initiative greatly appreciate and are honored by the contributions of our colleagues in the legal profession who make advocating for women and working to remove the structural hurdles that women still face an important and continuing part of their legal career. This issue shows that men have an important role in gaveling the glass ceiling alongside their female colleagues.

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