Report of a Deferred Associate Culture Gap Was a Mistake, Bar Says

Never mind.

A poll released earlier this month had suggested a culture gap between deferred associates and their colleagues at public interest jobs. According to a report released at that time, associates had indicated they were dissatisfied with their integration into the workplace and with their colleagues there.

Now the New York City Bar Association says the numbers got flipped and the finding is wrong. “We have learned of an error, for which we apologize, in the interpretation of one aspect of the online survey data in the report,” the bar said in a statement. “We had reported that the deferred externs reported a lower satisfaction rating with regard to colleagues and integration into the workplace than was the case; in fact, the externs reported a high degree of satisfaction in their interactions with colleagues.”

The bar’s executive director, Lynn Kelly, told the New York Law Journal that a confusing table generated by the online survey service caused her to misread part of the survey data.

The revised report (PDF) says 93 percent of the 42 deferred associates who responded to the question said they were happy or extremely happy with the lawyers at public interest groups. Eighty-one percent were happy or extremely happy with their integration into the office.

Office space, resources and supervision got the lowest satisfaction ratings.

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