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Great exit opportunities given the name, but don’t come here expecting to stay for more than 5-8 years.”
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103 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM LLP AND AFFILIATES Pro Bono Commitment • “We are actively encouraged to be involved in pro bono work, and there is no limit on how many pro bono hours count towards your annual billable hours. I have counseled a number of non-profits on combinations and reorganizations, advised pro bono boards at their annual meetings, and have served as a sort of external general counsel to a number of great organizations.” • “The firm is extremely committed to pro bono work. I am actively involved in asylum work, and have never felt that I couldn’t spend my time working on those cases. In addition, the firm put together an emergency response team in response to the refugee crisis at JFK and other airports.” • “I began working with a famous partner on a pro bono assignment within months of starting at the firm. He’s incredibly busy, but expects high-quality pro bono work and had no problem handing nearly all the responsibility over to me from the beginning. It’s an excellent opportunity to work with and learn from partners. There truly is no pressure to limit pro bono hours.” • “The firm’s policy on pro bono hours (100% credit, no cap) makes it very easy to do pro bono work if your group and/or partner(s) support it, which most do. There are also formal programs in place in certain areas (domestic violence, immigration, etc.). It’s about as supportive an atmosphere for pro bono as I think one can reasonably expect in BigLaw.” Diversity Efforts • “I am on the diversity recruiting committee, and I can say that Skadden is very committed to finding diverse candidates to hire as summer associates, and growing and developing them through the firm. We also have various affinity groups, that work with similar groups at local law schools and in the community.” • “Skadden makes a very special effort to find ways to recruit and retain women, minorities, and LGBT individuals. As an LGBT individual, I have never felt like I have not gotten the same respect and opportunities as others.” • “The partners dedicate a lot of time, resources and training towards diversity and inclusion, and I think it shows in how many of the associates are women, people of color, disabled, or LGBT. Primary caregivers get 12 weeks’ parental leave; non-primary caregivers get 4 weeks, and folks are very flexible and supportive of balancing childcare demands. Unfortunately, the industry still has a long way to go, particularly in long-term retention and inclusion in partnership, but I feel the firm is doing everything it can to be inclusive.” • “Although the firm is making strides in their recruitment of minorities and is genuinely motivated to increase diversity within the firm, there’s still only five black partners worldwide, one partner of color in the Chicago office, and few senior associates of color.”
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