Law firms always talk about the importance of diversity, but at Fenwick & West in Mountain View, Calif., success or failure on that front can actually be felt in partners’ wallets.

The technology-focused firm closely ties diversity goals to partners’ compensation. Fenwick mandates so-called “upward” reviews where associates specifically evaluate how much a partner has done to support diversity at the firm. Other large San Francisco Bay Area law firms that were contacted say they do not directly ask associates for comment on diversity goals.

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