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Jeanine Wright, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Legal Officer of Simplecast, in Los Angeles. July 30, 2019.

The call from clients for law firms to diversify has grown louder over the past decade, but the issue of who receives origination credit within those firms continues to undercut that demand.

Nine years ago, the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, Minority Corporate Counsel Association and Project for Attorney Retention released a report that found women lawyers and lawyers of color had been bullied, threatened or intimidated over origination credit. It also found that pay for the entire or large portion of the work goes to the lawyers who originally brought the client to the firm.

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Kibkabe Araya

Kibby Araya is the in-house desk editor for Corporate Counsel. She can be reached at [email protected], Twitter and LinkedIn. She is based in Los Angeles.

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