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• “Most associates here stay and advance to counsel and then partner (if they choose), or around partnership time they go in-house to one of our clients. I hope to advance to counsel when the time comes, and then on to partner from there. There are also positions for senior attorneys to become counsel that work on one particular team (for example, handling all single-plaintiff cases against one client).” • “It’s hard to make partner here, but it is attainable for those who go for it. There are other non-partner roles that would allow an attorney to remain at the firm even if that person does not make partner.” Pro Bono Commitment • “There is a pro bono partner, and all pro bono hours count toward the bonus. I have a CJA appointment representing a defendant convinced of a drug conspiracy right now.” • “Constant availability of pro bono projects and encouragement to put the same effort in as with a billable case. I am cur- rently working with 3 other lawyers representing a prisoner in a 1983 suit against a prison doctor for failure to provide adequate medical care in violation of the 8th amendment. My partner mentor recently represented a transgender woman appealing a state court’s denial of her name change request because the name she chose was not ‘gender neutral.’” • “The firm is very dedicated to pro bono work and encourages attorneys to get involved. The pro bono counsel does a great job of finding a number of varied pro bono projects to appeal to many different interests and is extremely helpful, engaged, and encouraging. I worked on the Clemency Project 2014 and was able to obtain clemency for my client from President Obama. It was a great personal and professional accomplishment and I received significant support from our pro bono counsel as I developed my client’s petition.” • “Pro bono hours are counted toward billable hours and pro bono work is greatly encouraged. There are pro bono awards annually to attorneys making significant contributions. I have worked on immigration and family law pro bono matters.” Diversity Efforts • “K&S has a part time program that some women use, which is great. They also recently extended their maternity leave policy which was also a positive step.” • “There are many female associates in my office, but only two female partners. The office does a good job hiring women, but the retention of women, as it is in the entire legal profession, is somewhat of a problem. There are two female senior associates in my office who I believe could make partner in the next couple of years if they wanted. And there are three Asian lawyers (including one of the female partners)—that is the extent of the diversity in my office. I would like to see my office go out of its way a little more to hire more diverse candidates. We do have a new associate (who summered with us in 2016) starting this fall who identifies as part of the LGBT community.” • “The firm is not particularly diverse, although pretty com- parable with BigLaw. There are some women in leadership
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