Who receives origination credit at a law firm still impedes in-house counsel’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the firms they work with—almost a decade after major bar associations began publicly addressing the issue and a decade and a half since a top corporate legal department tackled the issue head-on.
The American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, Minority Corporate Counsel Association and Project for Attorney Retention released a report in 2010 that found women lawyers and lawyers of color had been bullied, threatened or intimidated over origination credit, or the pay for the entire or large portion of the work that goes to the lawyers who originally brought the client to the firm.
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