Post-Lockstep, Some Firms Beef Up Associate Reviews

Law360, New York (October 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT) -- Many top law firms made headlines recently by instituting merit-based pay for their associates. To make the new model work, firms had to overhaul their performance review systems. Several firms that made the switch talked to Law360 about the approaches they took to revamping their associate evaluation processes.

While merely tallying up billable hours or having partners cursorily check off boxes in a way that yields nearly identical data about an entire associate class might work for some firms, those firms that have tied associate pay...
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