Bloomberg Law
May 6, 2022, 9:12 AM

Young Female Attorneys Lacking Fair Credit for Work Suffer Later

Matthew Bultman
Matthew Bultman

When interviewing patent attorneys for a job, law firm founder Susanne Jones typically wants to see a writing sample. The candidates’ samples often have something in common: someone else is listed as the author.

The practice of senior lawyers taking credit for the work of young associates has become routine for many junior attorneys, who are often loath to challenge it. But new research shows it can have an outsized impact on women, who continue to be underrepresented at the highest levels of law firms.

Focusing on documents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the research found women ...

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