The gender pay gap in the legal industry is hardly a secret: a 53% difference in average pay between male and female partners, according to the most recent partner compensation survey from Major, Lindsey & Africa.

The reasons for the gap, meanwhile, are still endlessly debated. In this era of women’s committees and the Mansfield Rule, why does it persist? Are women often opting out for child care? Do they have smaller books of business?

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