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Skadden Celebrates 60 With Pledge to Help Minorities Enter Law

Few people work at one job for 60 years, least of all lawyers.  So Skadden senior partner Joeseph Flom's sixtieth anniversary at his firm -- indeed, he's the only living person to have worked with the firm since its inception -- represents quite an accomplishment.  And to celebrate, Flom and the firm have decided to "go big time" by setting up a $9.6 million program at the City College of New York to help more minorities enter the practice of law.  According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics over the past several years, only 11 percent of the nation's approximately 1 million lawyers come from the minority population, compared with 25 percent of physicians and surgeons, 21 percent of accountants and auditors, and 18 percent of college and university teachers.

So why did Flom choose City College?  Though Flom attended Harvard Law School, prior to that he attended night school at City College.  "They gave me my chance," he said of the school. "So why shouldn't other people have a chance?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 16, 2008 at 12:46 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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