Addressing the Pipeline Problem at the Source

IP firms look to promote women in the practice with early recruitment.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has changed its summer associate recruiting process in a way that seems to benefit women in the hiring process.
That wasn’t the original intention.
“It seems to be helping us find really good candidates, and those candidates happen to be women,” Denver managing partner Gene Bernard said. “I don’t think we went in with a plan of doing this to get more women to come to the firm, but it seems to have that result — and that’s a good result for us.”
While he is cautious not to over-generalize females even in terms of strengths, he said, anecdotally, that the firm has seen women noticeably rise up as viable candidates in a new recruiting technique that puts an emphasis on collaboration. Intellectual property law, one of Kilpatrick Townsend’s focuses, usually requires a highly technical understanding of the underlying technology, particularly in the patent world.
Patent litigators typically have backgrounds in science or, more commonly, engineering so they can speak with a fluency in the courtroom when components of a case are beyond a layperson’s understanding. Firms typically seek out those candidates at the law school level, but Bernard said traditional interviews were not doing well enough to evaluate how recruits would work in teams.

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