In a scathing memo sent to Clifford Chance's New York partners, associates explained why the firm came in last in The American Lawyer's 2002 Associate Survey, and further charged that the survey "captured neither the breadth nor the depth of associate anger and frustration." The memo laid out seven major areas of discontent, the most universal of which was a perceived requirement that associates bill 2,420 hours a year.
Clifford Chance Memo Voices Associate Unrest
New York Law Journal
October 25, 2002