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Gender pay gap at law firms? When firms conceal the numbers, the question's hard to answer.
The latest survey on the progress of women in law firms shows little has changed, though some law firms were reluctant to provide data. Only 17 percent of equity partners in 2013 were women, compared to 15 percent in 2012, according to a press release summarizing the results of the survey by the National Association of Women Lawyers and the NAWL Foundation. At the staff attorney level, 64 percent of those in that lower-level position were women, compared to 70 percent in 2012. The study is available here. NAWL surveyed the 200 largest law firms, and 92 responded. Thirty-three firms that declined to participate had previously participated in the survey as recently as last year. The reason for their reluctance may be lean staffing and not enough time to fill out surveys, the study said. Another explanation, the study said, is that the firms…