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Fenwick & West corporate partner Ted Wang has a simple explanation for why his firm decided to join the "Lean In" campaign launched earlier this month by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in conjunction with the publication of her buzzed-about new book of the same name that aims to help women advance in the workplace.

"If Sheryl’s involved, it’s a good thing," he says.

Wang should know; Silicon Valley–based Fenwick is the firm that helped take Facebook public in 2012. He insists, however, that the involvement of a top executive at one of Fenwick’s key clients was not the only draw. "We have a problem, and we think this will help us," he says, pointing to the fact that women represent half of Fenwick’s incoming associate class, but only 17 percent of its partners and just one in 10 members of its executive committee.

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