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Heather James Quoted in <i>Indiana Lawyer</i>: "Women Rising: Firm Leader Ranks Increase in Past Dec Heather James Quoted in <i>Indiana Lawyer</i>: "Women Rising: Firm Leader Ranks Increase in Past Dec

Heather James Quoted in Indiana Lawyer: "Women Rising: Firm Leader Ranks Increase in Past Decade"

Heather JamesIce Miller LLP partner Heather James was quoted in the Indiana Lawyer article, "Women Rising: Firm Leader Ranks Increase in Past Decade."

The article included:

As they look to the future of their firms, female lawyer-leaders say their firms are mindful of lingering women’s issues such as the wage gap.

At Ice Miller, partner Heather James, who co-chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Council, said the firm’s compensation committee considers pay equity studies to ensure equal pay for its lawyers. At Faegre, the compensation committee is led by two women, Ricchiuto said, a fact she says sets her firm apart.

Ice Miller has begun efforts to earn Mansfield 4.0 certification, the first time it has participated in the program. Also underway is a review of a recent women’s retention survey, designed to help the firm gauge how it can better support women attorneys so that they can balance their professional and personal obligations.

Critically, mentorship is a major theme of women’s initiatives across all of the firms. The idea, lawyers say, is that if young female associates see older female partners making important decisions, the associates will believe that they, too, can one day hold a leadership position.


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