For years, the stereotype on Big Law has been that it hasn’t done enough when it comes to gender diversity – implementing diversity initiatives with varied effectiveness. Instead of seeing much progress reflected in the numbers, the data showed a year-over-year flatline on female headcount in Big Law and the data was particularly egregious at the upper echelons of firm partnership and management.

The new NLJ Female Scorecard data is in and it indicates that firms may finally be seeing a slight payoff to their efforts. Overall female headcount increased to 35% in 2017 from 34% in 2016.*