Clients and—in at least one instance—litigation funding companies are increasingly using their considerable leverage over law firms to create incentives and accountability around origination credit, which has emerged as a key to attracting and retaining diverse attorneys.

The Driver:

Diversity, equity and inclusion experts agree that origination credit—specifically, how it’s awarded to women and minority attorneys—is one of the most important factors law firms must consider in trying to improve their ability to keep diverse talent.