Paulette Brown is speaking at the New York City Bar's virtual event, “Original Sin: How Origination Credit is a Barrier to Achieving Diversity Goals," on October 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Origination credit sharing is one of the most difficult things to talk about for anyone, in particular for women and diverse partners, who tend to be more junior and inexperienced in asking for what they deserve. Law firm culture heavily weighs origination credits (billing attorney credits) when making compensation decisions, rewarding those partners who are able to succeed at client generation and client retention. This system encourages hoarding of these credits and disproportionately impacts the diverse population at firms. The panelists will discuss the complications with the current system, and explore how firms are moving forward with a fairer system that rewards collaboration, client assignments or does away with credits all together.
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