When big-firm starting salaries for first-year associates rose approximately 20 percent earlier this year, the question on the minds of many non-lawyer employees was whether the raises would trickle down to the word processing centers and mail rooms.

Now, more than two months after the raises were announced, there seems to be an answer, and it is not what the employees were hoping to hear. Although support staff salaries have risen slightly because of the economy, they have not increased at anywhere near the same rate as attorney salaries did this spring.

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