Quality performance is no longer the single most important issue in deciding whether to promote associates to partner status. Various factors, including economics, business origination ability and potential, available workloads, whether the practice area can support another partner and who else will be a candidate for admission to partnership in the near future need to be considered.

No longer can firms afford to have partners who are unable to pay their own way. In fact, many firms expect their partners to work harder and are evaluating performance accordingly.

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