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Yale Law School and its graduates have played a significant role in Sullivan & Cromwell’s history and continue to be an essential part of its success. In 1930, YLS graduate Elizabeth Beam Osborne was the first woman to join the Firm as a lawyer. Today, more than 50 YLS alumni—including 12 partners—practice at Sullivan & Cromwell in its domestic and international offices and in virtually all of the practice areas offered by the Firm.
 
Many YLS alumni hold significant leadership roles at the Firm, including as members of its Managing Committee, Associate Experience Committee, Diversity Committee, Pro Bono Committee, and Women's Initiative Committee and as managing partners of practice areas. In addition, YLS alumni at the Firm are active members of each of its affinity groups.
 
In keeping with YLS graduates’ excellent record of securing clerkships, around one-third of YLS alumni at S&C have clerked, including at the federal appellate level and for the U.S. Supreme Court. 
 
In addition to practicing in our Appellate Litigation, Capital Markets, Criminal Defense and Investigations, Estates and Personal, Executive Compensation, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, Investment Management, Private Equity, Project Finance, Restructuring, Securities Litigation, Real Estate and Tax groups, many YLS alumni at S&C are actively involved in pro bono work. Recent matters include reversing on appeal the conviction of a client who had been sentenced to 17 years-to-life imprisonment for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree; appellate representation in the D.C. Circuit of plaintiffs whose homes were severely damaged during 2015-2016 storms in Texas; co-counseling with the ACLU in litigation seeking the compassionate release of prisoners; assisting the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty with tracking community responses to COVID-19 and evaluating best practices; and representing the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in seeking to uphold statutes requiring a minimum age to purchase a firearm.

Yale Law School alumni who join the Firm go on to pursue a range of prestigious opportunities, in addition to becoming partners at S&C. Ten Firm alumni who attended YLS are currently on law school faculties. Others serve in government, including as Assistant U.S. Attorneys; as counsel to and management for Fortune 500 companies and other businesses, including Alibaba Group Vice Chair Joseph Tsai; and as lawyers in private practice.
 
Today, S&C continues to partner with YLS both in and out of the classroom. In addition to participating in events such as the “Practice Area Forum” and the Yale Mock Interview Program, partners Heather Coleman (YLS ’07) and Marc Treviño (YLS ’93) and Of Counsel Michael Wiseman taught “Corporate Crisis Management” at YLS in 2020. Marc Treviño, Bob Giuffra (YLS ’87) and Ron Creamer (YLS ’91) are also members of the advisory board of the Yale Center for Corporate Law.

In 2020, we welcomed 13 associates who are Yale Law School alumni. You can learn more about YLS alumni and our presence at the law school on these pages. We hope to see you on campus.

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