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Nepotism, or perceived nepotism, is not necessarily unique to law firms. But it’s common in the industry given the smaller size of law firms compared to corporations, and the view held by many that law is a profession, not an industry.

While issues of perceived nepotism have cropped up recently at Boies Schiller Flexner, that is far from the only legal organization that has had to grapple with the delicate business of balancing the relationship between family members and the organization’s best interests. Courts and even law schools have been accused of nepotism, and hiring family is prevalent in many firms to this day big and small.

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Dylan Jackson

Dylan Jackson writes about the business of law and race. He can be reached at [email protected] or 305-347-6677. On Twitter @DylanBJackson

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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, based in New York, covers the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, cannabis law and marketing innovation. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @nycpatrickd

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