Posted Apr 07, 2008 01:52 pm CDT
Jenner & Block had 12 female partners when Susan Levy joined the Chicago law firm in 1982, a number that was considered high at the time. Now Levy will become the managing partner, one of only 8 percent of females in such posts at the nation’s top law firms.
Levy recognizes that those numbers make her something of a trailblazer. She has received dozens of congratulatory notes since the announcement, including several from women she doesn’t even know, the Chicago Tribune reports. “If this makes it easier for other women to progress through their law firms and reach leadership responsibilities, I think that would be great,” she told the Tribune.
Levy, 50, has two teenage children and is married to a lawyer who sits on the executive committee at Latham & Watkins. “We discuss best practices at the dinner table,” said Levy, who has served on Jenner’s policy committee. “Yes, we do.”