Best First Jobs For Lawyers?

A: Great question. I was fortunate to get my first job when I graduated from law school, which was with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Washington D.C. Then, after clerking for a federal judge who told me he would “pay me well but not much” (he did pay me quite well), I joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in New York City as an associate counsel in 1983. When that firm merged with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP two years later, I moved across the street to join the white-shoe team at what is now Kirkland & Ellis LLP under David Boies.

Q: What are your current responsibilities?

A: Right now, I am cochair of our global antitrust practice group based in New York City and also serve on the executive committee of K&L’s US Antitrust Practice Group based here in Los Angeles; chair Usonia LLC (a legal development organization); and am involved with several other organizations including The American Constitution Society at Yale Law School where we work on pro bono matters that support constitutional rights issues such as election reform measures or net neutrality before federal agencies like the FCC or Congress; Public Knowledge Inc., a public interest think tank on Internet policy issues; Big Rock Bluegrass Music Festival [and] Play It Forward Foundation [which works to expand access to education]. In addition, while there is no specific role assigned by title here at K

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