Editor’s note: This is the first monthly editorial from The American Lawyer’s new Young Lawyer editorial board.

Law students are trained to understand the dynamics of power and influence as they exist within government organizations and corporations. Early experiences in courtrooms, client meetings and negotiations further instruct new lawyers on these dynamics. But young lawyers are not necessarily prepared for the power structures that exist within the law firms and legal departments whose halls they walk, or the abuses of power that exist within our profession—including sexual misconduct that sidelines critical talent at a time when the industry aspires for greater gender diversity in its senior ranks.

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