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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.
We look for excellent academic achievement; legal acumen; strong writing ability; leadership; solid interpersonal, client service and professional skills; and a high level of motivation to assume significant responsibility and succeed. Journal, moot court, and related extra-curricular activities are also taken into account.
Patterson Belknap has a long and proud history of public service, embodied today in our unparalleled pro bono program. Every lawyer at the firm is active in pro bono work. Since 2004, 100% of our attorneys have participated in pro bono projects every year. By accepting the American Bar Association's pro bono challenge, we agreed to devote up to five percent of the firm's annual billable hours to public service work. The firm is consistently ranked near the top of The American Lawyer's annual pro bono survey.
At the heart of our pro bono program is a deep commitment to bringing the best possible legal representation to the most underserved, and frequently overlooked, populations. We are extremely proud of the work we do, frequently in partnership with some of the nation's most respected legal services organizations. Our attorneys work one-to-one with clients daily to resolve legal issues that could otherwise leave them and their families devastated. While these matters are not always widely publicized, the work our attorneys perform both inside and outside the courtroom often makes the difference between our clients being sheltered or homeless, healthy or sick, and with or without a voice in the courtroom, before administrative agencies or in their daily lives.