Kirkland Nixes Forced Arbitration For Non-Attorney Staff

Law360, Boston (December 7, 2018, 2:27 PM EST) -- Kirkland & Ellis LLP told employees it would end its policy of requiring arbitration to settle employment disputes for all non-attorney staff, according to a memo obtained Friday by Law360 and following public pressure mounted by a group of Harvard Law School students.

The memo sent to all personnel from Kirkland's "firm committee" referenced a pre-Thanksgiving change that ended forced arbitration for associates and summer associates and said the shift follows a "recent review" meant to ensure the firm is keeping up with best practices in the legal marketplace. After the November announcement, the Pipeline Parity Project, a group of Harvard Law...

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