For law firm partners, originating business and generating revenue are among the most critical components of a successful law practice. For that reason, there is a natural tendency to think twice about taking on a management role that may distract from building and maintaining your practice. Why take on firm management if you don’t have to, especially when others may be gunning for it? Good citizenship aside, do these roles help or hurt your book of business?

These questions are especially acute for women partners. For all sorts of (hopefully obvious) reasons, firms need women in management positions. Because women make up roughly 20 percent of partnerships on average, the odds of women getting tapped for management roles are disproportionately higher than they are for men, so they tend to be faced with this quandary more often. And not all management roles are created equal. So how do you decide which roles are worth your time? Will serving as hiring partner enhance your practice? After speaking with several successful women partners at some of the most prominent law firms, many answer “yes,” but others say, “not so much.” Here’s what you need to consider.


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