Female Attys Promoted Less When Partners Are Conservatives

Law360, New York (March 4, 2016, 2:44 PM EST) -- Female associates gunning for partner may be out of luck if the attorneys they work under are politically conservative, according to a new study that found male partners who donate to conservative causes are less likely than their moderate and liberal peers to promote women.

At large law firms, there is a correlation between the political persuasion of male partners practicing in a female associate’s practice area and that associate’s chances of being promoted to partner, with a more conservative political climate diminishing her chances for promotion and a more liberal partner base increasing them, the study found.

Female associates have...

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