Once upon a time there was a talented, hardworking, fourth-year, African-American associate who was so isolated and unhappy that she was making plans to leave her firm.

As a fourth-year associate, she has survived longer than most, according to a January 1998 National Association of Law Placement attrition study called “Keeping the Keepers.” She is one of five attorneys of color in a firm of over 200 lawyers.

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