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Conn. Firms Fight Pay Gap With Sunshine

Lizzy McLellan ctlawtribune.com

As the gender pay gap continues to plague the U.S. legal industry, some firms are removing the mystery from law firm compensation systems in an effort to level the playing field.

A recently released survey by Major, Lindsey & Africa, done in conjunction with ALM Legal Intelligence, showed that male law partners make 44 percent more than women partners on average. Based on that survey, women partners make 69 cents for every dollar a male partner makes.

The Major, Lindsey & Africa survey pointed to a major factor playing into the compensation gap—an origination gap. Male partners reported average origination of $2.59 million on the survey, while women partners reported $1.73 million on average.

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