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Keir Gumbs of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. December 1, 2016.Keir Gumbs of Covington & Burling: I was very nervous as a junior partner. I spent more time than I should have worrying about what I was supposed to be doing. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

When you started out, the statistical odds were against you, but you persevered. You worked thousands of hours; you sought out experienced mentors and advisors; you learned how to please and even dazzle clients; you gave up evenings, weekends and occasionally vacations to meet the needs of those clients; you figured out how to market yourself to a disparate, demanding partnership. You became a damn good lawyer. You worked thousands of hours more. And finally you made partner.

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