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Women And Minorities Continue To Receive Short End Of The Stick In Biglaw And On The Bench

Jill Switzer ABOVETHELAW.COM

Previewing Santa Claus’s gift list this year, it looks like minority and women lawyers are still getting mainly coal in their Christmas stockings. (I wonder what Mrs. Claus thinks about that.)

According to a recent report by Major Lindsey & Africa, male partners earn 53 percent more than female partners at top U.S. law firms. Reasons: originations and hourly pay discrepancies. Is anyone surprised?

A friend of mine who has been a partner in Biglaw for years (she is also a dinosaur lawyer, although she would cringe at the term) recently had to arm wrestle another partner for origination credit based upon a matter she brought to the firm. No need to discuss the dispute’s details, but suffice it to say that she was not a happy camper.

Women who bring in the business should get the credit for bringing in the business and not have to engage in combat to get what is rightfully theirs. This was an example of “what’s yours is mine,” “you eat what you kill,” and other greedy phrases. The male partner jumped all over what was not his. Do you think things will ever change?

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