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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 ten of the Firm’s 13 offices worldwide, and 33 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); in January 2018, S&C lawyers filed two groundbreaking federal court cases seeking recognition of the U.S. citizenship of two children who were born abroad and whose married, LGBT parents used assisted reproductive technology. S&C’s lawsuits on behalf of these two families seek recognition of the U.S. citizenship of three-year-old Lucas, who lives in London and one-year-old Ethan, who, along with his twin brother Aiden, was born in Canada. The cases turn on whether a U.S. citizen who is identified as a parent on a birth certificate and is legally married to a child’s biological parent at the time of birth can confer U.S. citizenship on the child.
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 65 S&C lawyers visited HLS to participate in classes, events and panels.
In 2018, we welcomed 18 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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