OKC law offices seek to continue boost in female leadership
In an article for a special Outlook section on diversity in The Oklahoman, writer Dale Denwalt interviewed Cheryl Denney, a McAfee & Taft shareholder and the leader of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, about the firm’s efforts to improve gender diversity and to dispel common misconceptions about women in law.
One such effort is the firm’s “Off the Record” event, an annual gathering of women law students, lawyers and judges that is designed introduce law students to the variety of careers available to them in the legal field and encourage them to pursue their career goals.
“This isn’t your mother’s law firm,” said Denney. “There’s been a lot of changes, and we owe a lot to the trailblazers who opened a lot of doors for us. It’s not as scary as it used to be, and there are more mentor opportunities and a lot more flexibility within, even in a big law (firm) context.”