ABA recommends changes to eliminate pay gap

August 22, 2013 Male law firm partners are still earning considerably more than their female colleagues. despite the fact that women have been 40-50% of law school students for decades.

The Gender Equity Task Force of the American Bar Association has this month released several publications that aim to make progress toward eliminating the gender pay gap.

The Task Force makes a number of recommendations to eliminate the unconscious bias and other factors that entrench the pay imbalance, including ensuring that compensation committees include women in significant numbers; developing systems that promote fair allocation of billing and origination credit; the implementation of client succession protocols to mediate the inheritance of client relationships from senior partners in a systematic and transparent way; the development of an oversight committee to review and resolve credit disputes among lawyers; the implementation of training on bias for those involved in evaluation and compensation; and engaging clients in gender equity issues.

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