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WILEF Certification emphasizes the leadership roles achieved by equity women partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership. Law firms with 300 or more practicing lawyers in the United States are eligible for 2017 WILEF Gold Standard Certification if they successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees, of their most highly compensated partners and that there be meaningful diversity among their women partners. For 2017 Gold Standard Certification, a meaningful percentage means that the firm satisfies four or more of the following criteria:

The WILEF 2017 Gold Standard Certification application will be available on Monday, February 27, 2017. Requests for the application and questions should be made to WILEFís Co-Founder and Global Chair, Elizabeth Anne ďBetiaynĒ Tursi via email at elizabethtursi@aol.com. Applications must be received on or before June 1, 2017 for inclusion in the initial list of Gold Standard Firms to be published in mid-June, 2017 (no extensions will be granted) or by December 12, 2017 for 2017 Gold Standard Certification.

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