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Sullivan & Cromwell’s relationship with Harvard Law School dates back to 1891, when Edward Bruce Hill, one of S&C’s first partners, joined the Firm. Today, more than 100 graduates of Harvard Law School—including our Senior Chairman, Rodge Cohen—practice at S&C. HLS graduates are represented in nine of the Firm’s 13 offices worldwide, and 32 of the Firm’s partners are HLS alumni. Many of our HLS alumni at S&C have clerked, including on the U.S. Supreme Court and at the federal appellate level.
In addition to our senior chairman, many HLS alumni hold significant leadership roles at the Firm. Sergio Galvis (HLS '83) is S&C's Head of Global Recruiting and sits on the Firm's Management Committee. HLS partners, associates and special counsel serve on the Firm’s Associate Experience Committee, Diversity Committee and Women’s Initiative Committee, and several HLS alumni serve as managing partners of practice groups or offices.
HLS alumni at S&C work in virtually all of the Firm’s practice groups, including Appellate Litigation, Capital Markets, Criminal Defense and Investigations, Estates and Personal, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Securities Litigation and Tax. Many S&C HLS alumni are actively involved in the Firm’s pro bono practice; recent matters include obtaining an order of child support for a client following rigorous discovery efforts and a trial (for which the S&C associates involved received a “Commitment to Justice Award for Outstanding Legal Team” from Her Justice); obtaining asylum for clients facing persecution in their home countries, including securing Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and a green card for a 17 year-old girl from Honduras (for which the alum was honored as “Safe Passage Pro Bono Attorney of the Month” by the Safe Passage Project); successfully appealing a denial of benefits for a veteran who suffers from disabilities as a result of injuries that happened during his time served in Vietnam; securing accommodations and auxiliary aids for a deaf prison inmate serving a life sentence in a federal penitentiary (for which the team received an “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee); and successfully challenging North Carolina's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and  striking down an administrative policy in Nebraska that prevented LGBT individuals from serving as foster and adoptive parents to children in state custody.
In addition to becoming partners at S&C, HLS alumni who join the Firm go on to pursue a range of prestigious opportunities. S&C alumni who attended HLS serve as managing directors at major financial institutions; Assistant U.S. Attorneys; law school professors; and counsel at Fortune 500 companies including Google, NBCUniversal and Goldman Sachs.
Today, S&C continues to partner with HLS both in and out of the classroom. In 2012, the Firm endowed a visiting professorship at the law school, which has brought accomplished professors, such as Amy Cohen, Justin Driver, Helen Hershkoff, Laura Rosenbury, Hillary Sale, and George Triantis, to campus. The Firm sponsors many campus organizations, affinity groups and journals; this year, more than 50 S&C lawyers visited HLS to participate in classes, events and panels.
In 2017, we welcomed 20 summer associates from Harvard Law School. You can learn more about our presence at the law school on these pages. We hope to see you on campus.

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