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Orrick extends program of embedding associates at nonprofits

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Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has extended a fellowship program in which it embeds its associates at nonprofit organizations for a year while paying their law firm salaries.

Orrick launched the program last year as many BigLaw firms were announcing racial and social justice initiatives. Six associates were chosen to participate in the program among the 60 or so associates who applied, Reuters reports.

Now, Orrick is extending the program for at least three more years, according to Reuters. Five associates are participating in the next round of fellowships, which begins in January.

Reuters lists these inaugural Orrick fellows, chosen jointly last year by the law firm and the organizations:

• Andrea Mazingo, who worked at the A New Way of Life Reentry Project.

• Walter Alarkon, who worked at the Common Future.

• Ciarra Carr, who worked at Howard University’s Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center.

• Max Carter-Oberstone, who worked at the Policing Project at the New York University School of Law.

• Rochelle Swartz, who worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

• Roza Patterson, who worked at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.

Reuters points out that Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom also has a fellowship program, but it differs from the Orrick program. Skadden fellows are paid $58,000 per year for two years, and they are employed by the nonprofit that hosts them.

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