In summarizing its annual report on the retention and promotion of women in the legal profession, the National Association of Women Lawyers stopped short of calling the increasingly popular staff-attorney track a “pink ghetto,” but cautioned that the tier could keep more women from making partner.

By definition, the staff-attorney track is made for associates who are not on the partnership track. They sometimes work fewer hours and are paid less. Sometimes they do the same work as other associates and sometimes they do more menial tasks.

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