Women Lawyers Now Biglaw Managing Partners. And we care because…?

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that two major law firms, BryanCave and MorganLewis each named women as managing partners, a first for both firms. So now, in the words of Therese Pritchard, Bryan Cave’s new managing partner, “younger women think that they can do it too.”

Yet is big law partnership what younger women want?  Seven years ago, I wondered whether women seeking equality at law firms are actually behind the times – and that’s even more true today when big law is less relevant than ever. Meanwhile, women are heading solo and small firm practices that they built from the ground up. Let’s hope even as women advance at big law that they realize that they don’t have to settle for being manager of a law firm when they can own it.