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IN BRIEF: Boies Schiller says summer associate program to “proceed” despite coronavirus

Caroline Spiezio  

Caroline Spiezio  

(Reuters) Boies Schiller Flexner has told the firm’s 2020 summer associate class that the program would “proceed as planned” despite the coronavirus outbreak, though it may be held remotely.

David Boies, the chairman of the litigation boutique, told the 28 summer associates that the firm’s attorneys “look forward to you joining us this summer – whether it be physically in our offices or, if circumstances require, virtually and remotely,” in a letter dated Wednesday.
It comes as the coronavirus outbreak in the United States has shuttered law firm offices, schools and courts nationwide, leaving many students uncertain of whether their summer offers at firms still stand.
Boies said the firm’s attorneys “acknowledge the uncertainty and anxiety many law students face at this time,” in the letter, sent to Reuters by a representative of the firm on Thursday.
”These are unprecedented times but one of the first things we did was make sure we could honor all our obligations to our summer associates,” said Natasha Harrison, one of Boies Schiller’s managing partners, in a statement on Thursday.
In response to the pandemic, Boies Schiller has closed most of its offices and shifted employees to remote work, Harrison told Reuters earlier this week. She also recently moved from London to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where Boies Schiller has an office, so that she could be in the U.S. to help the firm deal with the outbreak, she said.
Boies Schiller has approximately 280 lawyers and 14 offices, according to its website. It has in recent months lost more than ten partners, with some breaking off to start their own firms.

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