What the reaction to the term 'non-lawyer' says about law firm caste systems
Does calling business professionals 'non-lawyers' perpetuate an outdated hierarchy within law firms?
The new leader of US law firm Husch Blackwell has a background in business. He is not a lawyer. But calling him a ‘non-lawyer’ turned out to be highly offensive to many of the professional staff within law firms who argue (through many blogs, LinkedIn and Facebook posts during the past few days) that the term The American Lawyer used in the headline and body of the story does a “disservice” to business professionals in law firms and is plain old “lazy” writing.
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