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There are regular social events both office-wide and within smaller groups. Social opportunities exist at every corner— whether all-attorney lunch each Thursday or larger events celebrating everything from the Super bowl to Valentine’s day.” • “A culture that expects you to be the best advocate you can be while working, but is also respectful and nonjudgmental about personal, social and political choices or requirements. Also, there are plenty of opportunities for coworkers to get to know each other and become friends outside of the office.” • “Socially the firm is liberal. People are more relaxed and can have fun at social events. There are many social opportunities ranging from monthly happy hours, weekly lunches and many charity event tickets to the plentiful summer events.” • “I generally feel that the firm seeks out respectful and friendly people, and I appreciate the firm’s dedication to social activism, particularly the top-down support that the firm has given to legal aid and activism in the wake of the Trump election.” Associate/Partner Relations • “Every partner I’ve spoken with has an amazing amount of respect for associates, going so far as to make sure that even the most junior associates have their voices heard. I’ve never come across a partner who has been skeptical of any project or idea, always encouraging younger partners and associates to try out whatever concept he or she wants to run with.” • “Although there is a definite hierarchy the firm is very collegial and supportive. There is little to no transparency on decisions made at an institutional level.” • “In my personal experience, most partners have treated associates respectfully and are appreciative of our efforts. While the firm has made an apparent commitment to being more transparent about internal promotion and the like, I do not believe associates get most of the real story.” • “There is very little transparency from management on anything. Otherwise, interaction with partners varies. I’ve found that younger partners are much nicer to work with and understand more of what it’s like to be an associate, while older partners tend to be overly demanding and unrealistic.” Hours • “When it’s a busy time, the hours can be tough, but no tougher than any other firm doing this level of work. Happily, face-time is becoming less and less required. The only goal is to get the work done—associates have a lot of freedom to manage how/where the work gets done.” • “The amount of work I receive is significant but expected. I do not feel face-time is required or expected, particularly since most of my department and clients are in other locations. I am given a lot of independence, which I very much appreciate.” • “The median billable hours for associates is around 1850 or 1900 hours, which is pretty relaxed compared to the folks I know at other firms. Most days I get in around 10 and leave maybe around 7, though when it’s busy work can be around-the-clock for a period of weeks. There’s an unofficial
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