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A note from Stasia: Respect for the female voice

Men are uniquely positioned to help advance women in corporate law

Women helping women, as discussed in my last post, is a powerful part of the ongoing drive toward advancement and equality in the legal profession. However, that is not the entire story, for men play an equally—if not more—vital role in the process.

For one thing, men are uniquely positioned to help women, if for no other reason than that they created and continue to maintain, at least on a percentage basis, the power structure. Men still hold four-fifths of Fortune 500 general counsel jobs—and even though the one-fifth held by women is among the better overall leadership percentages across major industry sectors—it is still an imbalanced percentage.

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Anastasia Kelly

Anastasia Kelly, currently a partner at DLA Piper, has served as general counsel at four Fortune 500 companies: Fannie Mae, Sears, MCI and AIG.

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