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ALM editor grades AmLaw Top 10 on cloaking of associates

Monica Bay has put a great exclusive on her blog. In "Poaching Associates," Bay outs her latest Dirty Little Secrets column from Law Firm Inc., in which she grades the AmLaw top 10 firms on whether or not they try to cloak the identities of their associates, especially on firm Web sites. As Bay reports, the blawgosphere's been simmering for months over firms who say they hide their recruits in order to circumvent poaching by other firms. In practice, Bay writes, the effect is much deeper on everyone involved: 

"[T]reating associates like second-class citizens perpetuates the law firm caste system, and ultimately undermines client service. So we decided to review the Web sites of the top 10 Am Law 100 firms -- to see if a client could find direct e-mail addresses and phone numbers, a full biography, a picture and an educational summary for associates. The results were encouraging: Six of 10 earned a B or higher grade, and many firms that scored poorly are already reconsidering their policies.

Here's our report card: (All firms were invited to comment.) ..."

Click here to see how the following firms rate:

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Baker & McKenzie

Jones Day

Latham & Watkins

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw

White & Case

Weil, Gotschal & Manges

Shearman & Sterling

Kirkland & Ellis

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