Confronting Origination Credit: How Firms Can Redo Policies

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By Blane Prescott (November 8, 2021, 3:21 PM EST) — Law firms’ long-standing practice of awarding origination credit and compensation to attorneys who help bring in new business is perceived by many as a barrier to diversity. In this Expert Analysis series, members of the legal industry offer ways to tackle the problem.

Blane Prescott

Frankly, I’m tired of hearing how origination is a barrier to diversity. That’s not because it isn’t a real and significant issue for the legal profession — in my view, it is worse than portrayed in the press — but because the mechanical solutions are not that complicated.

Yet there continues to be hesitancy about making the organizational and cultural…

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