#MeToo's Reach Falling Short Of BigLaw Rainmakers
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Attorney Dayna Underhill was quoted by Law360 in an article from her panel at the American Bar Association’s National Conference on Professional Responsibility. The panel discussed how BigLaw is dealing with sexual harassment in the work place for women and minority lawyers. The #MeToo movement, that started in 2017, has brought major attention to some of the largest firm moneymakers that “are not coming under the heightened scrutiny of workplace behavior.”
Ms. Underhill states, "Law firms are a place where power and the exercise of power is encouraged and managing that power is very, very difficult. And lawyers who tend to wield power the most tend to be really great rainmakers, and addressing bad behavior in rainmakers is complex."
She went on to say that firm managers that address gender and racial disparities remain hesitant to question their most powerful partners.
"Who wants to see a million or two or three or four or 10 walk out the door ... because their bad behavior is the focus of attention? Most law firms crawl under a blanket rather than deal with problems created by the big rainmakers, and we have to address those people,” said Ms. Underhill.