MDFAWL Enlists Men

in the Fight for Gender Equality in the Legal Profession

This past September and November, MDFAWL hosted two dinners attended by over 60 male managing partners or male firm leaders/decision makers of as many firms in order to engage men in the advancement of women lawyers and in the quest for gender equality in the profession.

The dinners are part of the “GOOD Guys” program created by the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. “GOOD” stands for “Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity.” At the dinners, the attendees were recognized as leaders in their firms, in the local legal community and as GOOD Guys in the fight for gender parity. Judge Lisa Walsh, Immediate Past President of the National Association of Women Judges, facilitated the discussion. Attendees were encouraged to discuss ways to obtain gender equality, measures that either the invitees personally or their firm have taken to improve gender equality in the profession, and ways to continue to improve gender equality in the future.

At the end of the dinner, the attendees were given a “Monday Morning To-Do List” that contained seven tasks (with subparts) to undertake at their firms to address gender bias. The attendees were also given a Pledge where they pledged to be a GOOD Guy and to be an agent for measurable change. The Pledge required attendees to complete three of the seven tasks set forth in the GOOD Guys Monday Morning To-Do List.

MDFAWL wants to recognize the GOOD Guys and ensure that everyone else in the legal community is aware of what they and their firms are doing to champion women in the legal profession. Accordingly, MDFAWL recognized every GOOD Guy who has signed the Pledge by name and firm at the December Judicial Reception, and it will do so again at the June Installation, on its website, in its newsletter, in email blasts, in ads published in the Daily Business Review and other media.