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Legal Heavyweights Lean On NALP To Track Nonequity Partners

Publication Date: 
April 08, 2010
Leigh Jones

Dean Larry Kramer is mentioned in this article for signing a letter urging NALP to pursue obtaining information on nonequity partner numbers at law firms. Leigh Jones of filed this story:

A group of 75 judges, prominent attorneys and legal scholars has fired off a letter to NALP in hopes of pressuring the organization to rethink its decision not to track nonequity partner numbers at law firms.

The letter calls for NALP, formerly the National Association for Law Placement, to include nonequity partner information in the data it provides to the public about major U.S. law firms. The group behind the letter asserted that because minorities and women make up a disproportionate number of nonequity partners, the information is crucial to getting an accurate picture of diversity numbers within member law firms.


The letter was authored by Fernande Duffly, a judge on the Massachusetts Appeals Court; Nancy Gertner, a judge for the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts; and Julia Huston, a partner with Foley Hoag in Boston. Among those who signed their names to the letter were William Lee, co-managing partner of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; Walter Reed, managing partner of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge; John Montgomery, managing partner of Ropes & Gray; Robert Post, dean of Yale Law School; Martha Minnow, dean of Harvard Law School; Larry Kramer, dean of Stanford Law School; and Carolyn Lamm, president of the American Bar Association.