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November 03, 2009

The Deferred: Go West, Young Lawyer

The AmLaw Daily | by Drew Combs

 

Matthew Kane's professional future seemed bright, and settled, in the fall of 2008. That's when the then third-year Boston University School of Law student accepted an offer to join Kelley Drye & Warren in the fall of 2009 as a first-year associate.

Kane had expected that by now, he'd be settled into the firm's Park Avenue offices in New York City, meeting new colleagues, learning the ropes of life as a newbie lawyer.

Instead, he finds himself occupying an altogether different kind of office. He's on the West Coast in Los Angeles's Koreatown neighborhood, adjusting to a new job with Public Counsel, a legal aid organization. His days are devoted not to major transactional matters for Kelley Drye's clients but to advising health care clinics about HIPAA regulations and helping affordable housing projects meet federal HUD guidelines.

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