Midlevel associates at California-born Big Law firms are calling on firm management to revamp their billable hour policies with more consideration for mental health and non-billable work that disproportionately falls upon diverse lawyers.

California firms scored lower marks than last year across all 12 metrics of The American Lawyer’s 2021 Midlevel Associates Survey, based on responses from over 530 associates at the 10 California-born Am Law 200 firms that participated in the survey.