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Reflection's from California's New Partners

The Recorder

The Recorder sent an anonymous online survey to about 300 new partners. Excerpts of their answers are in the attached pdf. Forty-one responded: 44% percent are women and 56 percent are men; almost two-thirds are Caucasian; and one-fourth are Asian, Indian/South Asian or Latino/Hispanic (another 12 percent declined to describe their ethnicity). The size of their firms runs the gamut, from 1 to 25 to more than 1,000 lawyers. Their estimates of the associate-to-partner track at their firms also vary widely: The majority offered lengths of seven, eight or nine years, but the spectrum ran from three to four years at the low end to eight to 12 years at the high end. They represent more than a dozen practice areas.