Modern Legal Culture

What Is Big Law Firm Associate Life Really Like These Days?

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Somewhere between large law firms' virtue-signaling about improved culture, DEI, and quality of life, and high-profile stories of layoffs, toxic workplaces, discrimination and harassment, and disrespect for parental leave lies the truth about what life as an associate at a large firm is really like right now.

Join HLSA of Massachusetts board member Machua Millett '00 as he moderates a discussion among current and former big law associates and partners about what associate life was, is, and can be expected to be like in the future.

Our panel of speakers includes:

Elizabeth Munnell, HLS '79 -- After three decades as a big firm transactional lawyer, Betsy founded her lawyer coaching and consulting business in 2009. She provides career coaching services to law firms, lawyers, law schools and law students, with a particular focus on the skills essential for business development.

Alisha Nanda, HLS '03 -- Alisha is a litigation partner at Skadden Arps, focusing on complex litigation matters, including securities litigation, financial services, and insurance. She is also Co-Chair of the firm's Global DEI Committee.

Carl Metzger, Northeastern Law '91 -- Carl is a litigation partner at Goodwin Procter, where he focuses on complex litigation and insurance matters, and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

Chris Williams, Georgetown Law '00 -- Chris is a Director at Major, Lindsey & Africa, focusing on in-house placements for Chief Legal Officers, General Counsel, and senior attorneys. He is also a former in-house CLO and GC, and associate at three large firms.

Albert Tawil, NYU Law '17 -- Albert is the Founder and CEO of Lateral Hub, an online job board for top-tier law firms, and legal career content and resource hub. He is also a former associate at two large law firms, and a serial entrepreneur.


Event Information


4:00PM - 5:30PM Thu 9 Mar 2023, Eastern timezone