Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Do Associates Feel Pressure To Give Political Donations To Candidates Supported By Senior Partners?


In today's Daily Journal (subscribers only, unfortunately), I have a story chronicling California-based lawyer contributions to the two Democratic presidential candidates.
There are several key fundraisers for both Obama and Clinton at law firms there, including one of each at Palo Alto-based Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
John Roos, the firm's chief executive, is Obama's California finance committee co-chairman, while partner Steven M. Schatz is a national co-chair of Lawyers For Hillary.
What I was wondering while I was writing the story is how much pressure associates feel to contribute to campaigns supported by their bosses (not necessarily at Wilson Sonsini, but anywhere).
Obviously, all the firms claim that it's up to individual lawyers to make the decision, but I would imagine that other considerations might play into this.
Feel free to comment below.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course!

Anonymous said...

Above The Law did a survey on this in February, posted at http://abovethelaw.com/2008/02/featured_job_survey_results_of.php , and found that:

"Despite all the politics in the air, less than three percent of respondents felt that they needed to conform to a particular view."