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306 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition MAYER BROWN LLP hours). There are pro bono awards and a large amount of awareness of opportunities.” • “200 hours can be counted towards billable requirements which seems pretty good on an industry level.” • “We have a pro bono coordinator and I think the firms does a lot of great pro bono work. However, the commitment to pro bono in my practice group (finance) seems to be pretty low, there are not many pro bono opportunities directly related to our practice area and we also seem to be the busiest area in terms of client work.” • “Culturally, the New York office does not stand in the way of those interested in pro bono (so long as it does not interfere with billable work), but it certainly does not actively encourage attorneys to do pro bono work. It is treated as a space-filler. That said, the office has a generous policy with respect to crediting pro bono hours towards bonus eligibility, so if you spend significant time doing pro bono work, it is not at the direct expense of your personal finances.” Diversity Efforts • “I’ve seen the firm make a real effort over the last few years to hire diverse summer classes and have seen diversity increase at the firm. I think the firm takes women’s con- cerns very seriously and wants to do whatever it can to help support them. There are several women who work on a reduced schedule and they seem to be very happy with the arrangement. I’m hopeful that as time goes on the partnership will become more diverse as well.” • “The firm has a number of diversity initiatives at the associate level, as well as a director of diversity. The firm seems to suffer in its retention of female attorneys as there are relatively few female partners (and fewer female equity partners). There are a number of LGBT attorneys at the firm, as well as diversity initiatives aimed specifically at improving recruitment and retention of LGBT attorneys. Unfortunately, many of the diversity initiatives at the firm seem to be segmented by office, which seems to hamper efforts to some extent.” • “I think that with respect to women, minorities and LGBT, the firm is pretty receptive. Diversity and Inclusion initiatives are encouraged and financially supported by the firm, and efforts are being made at the moment to increase hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse associates. However, this is a work in progress and there is room for improvement.” • “The numbers are still lacking. They are making a strong effort but the partnership rank remains one of the least diverse in the law firm world.”
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307 MAYER BROWN LLP Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition MAYER BROWN LLP FUN FACTS “The firm was involved in the Chicago Black Sox scandal.” n n n “A recent remodel of the Chicago office created a new attorney lounge with drinks that has really helped bring people together in a social setting, making coworkers into friends.”
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