Dear Jane: My Firm is Changing the Rules

by 352admin 28. February 2013 13:13

Dear Jane,

My firm just announced they are moving to a competency-based assignment and evaluation system. Won’t this hurt the women attorneys?

Signed,

They Are Changing the Rules

 

Dear They Are Changing the Rules,

Any assignment and evaluation system that is more transparent benefits every attorney, including the women attorneys.  Having a more explicit delineation of the firm’s expectations will allow you to measure your progress and refine the specificity of your requests for assignments and assistance.  Take the time to discuss the new system with your mentors and the professional development folks at your firm so you are in a better position to identify and take  advantage of the opportunities afforded to you by this change.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

 

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