Published: Jun 30, 2020
If you ask a Paul, Weiss associate what it’s like to practice at our firm, they will describe being engaged in some of the most interesting and cutting-edge matters and having the extraordinary opportunity to work side by side with the best of the best. They are part of a supportive, collegial, and professional environment and enjoy the opportunity to be surrounded by colleagues they respect and admire. I frequently hear from our associates that they enjoy being part of the Paul, Weiss team because of our firm’s upbeat vibe and positive energy.
Our culture is special for so many reasons; notably, we embrace our differences, maintain a passionate commitment to advancing social justice, and stay closely connected to those in the Paul, Weiss family who go on to do great things after their time at our firm. As you think about launching your career in the law, we encourage you to think carefully about these key cultural attributes. But don’t just take my word for it! I have asked some of the leaders in our firm who focus on these areas to share some insights that we hope will be helpful as you think through your next steps.
— Valerie Radwaner, Deputy Chair and Corporate Partner
Diversity & Inclusion
Paul, Weiss has been committed to inclusion since its founding—a dedication that has shaped the intellectual and cultural character of our firm over many decades.
We have a century-old tradition of breaking down walls and shattering barriers. Individuality and diversity of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are valued here. Our commitment to cultural progress can be seen throughout our history; we have contributed to groundbreaking societal change, taking on a range of progressive issues—including immigrant rights, reproductive rights, election protection, gun violence prevention, and others—and achieving impactful results in the courtroom and beyond.
A firm’s culture greatly influences the experience of every attorney. We are proud of the collaboration, cooperation, and innovation that takes place at Paul, Weiss every day. We strive to provide all of our attorneys with the necessary tools to build stellar, rewarding careers in an inclusive environment. Our firm supports these goals through the efforts of our Diversity and Women’s Initiatives Committees and a diversity and inclusion strategy implemented by our Chief Inclusion Officer.
Most elite law firms profess a devotion to diversity and inclusion, but consider the following questions when evaluating a firm’s commitment to inclusion:
These insights include contributions from Theodore V. Wells Jr., Co-Chair of the Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee; Amran Hussein, Corporate Partner and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee; Alex Young K. Oh, Co-Chair of the Anti-Corruption & FCPA Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee; and Roberto J. Gonzalez, Co-Chair of the Economic Sanctions and AML Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee.
Public Matters/Pro Bono Service
Throughout our firm’s history, Paul, Weiss has maintained an unwavering commitment to providing pro bono legal assistance to the most vulnerable members of our society and in support of the public interest. This commitment is a part of the firm’s identity, and it is embraced by every member of the Paul, Weiss community, from the most senior leaders across all departments to the summer associates who join us each year.
From helping Thurgood Marshall reverse the doctrine of “separate but equal” in Brown v. Board of Education to representing Edith Windsor in challenging the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, our attorneys have achieved landmark victories in civil rights cases that have changed society for the better. Paul, Weiss lawyers participate in a variety of pro bono matters, from working directly with individual clients, nonprofits, and small businesses in a wide range of substantive areas to handling appeals and drafting key amicus briefs before the Supreme Court.
Associates are encouraged to get involved in pro bono work from day one and are considered a vital part of the team. Junior lawyers involved in pro bono cases receive extensive training and partner mentorship at Paul, Weiss.
As you assess law firms’ pro bono efforts, consider the following questions:
These insights include contributions from Audra J. Soloway, Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Group and Co-Chair of the Public Matters Committee, and Neil Goldman, Corporate Partner and Co-Chair of the Public Matters Committee.
Once you have worked at Paul, Weiss, the firm’s Alumni Network travels with you wherever you go. Your success is our success.
Through a number of thoughtfully developed programs, we take great care to stay in touch with what we consider the “extended Paul, Weiss family.” We support the professional development of our alumni and nurture career-long connections. Most importantly, we take tremendous pride in the great things that our alumni go on to achieve in public service, academia, corporations, the nonprofit sector, the judiciary, and countless other areas.
When trying to understand the strength of a law firm’s alumni network, pose the following questions:
These insights include contributions from Liza M. Velazquez, Litigation Partner and Co-Chair of the Alumni Committee, and Jeffrey D. Marell, Co-Head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice and Co-Chair of the Alumni Committee.
Paul, Weiss is deeply committed to your professional development and training. Through a structured, broad-based curriculum and a one-of-a-kind culture, we’ll give you all the tools you need to become a highly effective attorney throughout your career, wherever that may lead you.
The areas outlined above play important roles in the development of our colleagues. We hope these remain top of mind for you as you chart your future course.
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