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ciates, just based on looking at who makes partner.” Pro Bono Commitment • “Pro bono is billable equivalent. Nobody has ever asked me to do less than I’d like to, and people who don’t like to do it are strongly encouraged to do it. Half of my workload right now is pro bono work.” • “I chose Milbank in part because of the Pro Bono Fellowship. I am happy that I was able to do the Fellowship, and am disappointed that the firm is [discontinuing] the program.” • “Each associate is encouraged to complete at least 20 hours a year on pro bono. Firm has an excellent department in charge of assigning this type of work and has standing relationships with a handful of great clinics around the city.” • “Milbank recently cancelled our pro bono fellowship pro- gram, where first years were seconded at their option to a public interest organization for three months at full pay and benefits. They will be implementing a new program that is run in house, but there has not been a lot of details circulated on what the new program will look like. Generally the partnership is supportive of pro bono and there is an award ceremony for significant pro bono achievements every summer.” Diversity Efforts • “I do not think there is any particular issue with the firm’s treatment of women, minorities, LGBT individuals and individuals with disabilities; however, these populations are not showing up in the partnership ranks in high enough levels.” • “Especially with respect to women—this varies a lot between groups. Some groups have lots of female senior associates and partners (e.g., litigation, project finance). Other groups do not. In the groups that lack senior women, I do not think it is because of a lack of trying—from my interactions with other firms, it seems to be true across the board. I am a male associate, but do wish that I had the opportunity to work with more senior women for a more diversified experience.” • “Milbank can certainly stand to have more female and minority partners and senior associates.” • “My group in particular is lacking with respect to women. …Retention of women is a serious issue within my group and brings down the morale of everyone, including male associates. The female junior associates feel as if there are no role models and, even worse, that there is no path to partnership for a female. This is particularly true for women also interested in having families.”
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© 2017 Vault.com Inc. 356 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition MILBANK, TWEED, HADLEY & McCLOY LLP FUN FACTS “The firm provides a coffee bar in the L.A. office with full-time barista.” n n n [email protected] When an associate reaches his or her third year, Milbank sends you to Harvard Business School for a week for four consecutive years for legal training combined with a curriculum focused on business and finance, all taught by actual Harvard professors.” MILBANK, TWEED, HADLEY & M C CLOY LLP
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