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A group of 300 women across the entertainment industry and elsewhere have come together to fight allegations of systematic workplace sexual harassment in a new initiative dubbed Time’s Up.

Part of the initiative’s goals is the establishment of a legal defense fund to be spearheaded by Christina “Tina” Tchen, who joined Buckley Sandler in October after serving as chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama, and prominent former Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigator Roberta Kaplan, who hung her own shingle last summer. The defense fund will help individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct find legal representation.

The National Women’s Law Center, which will administer the defense fund, will also help subsidize the costs for lawyers and communications professionals representing individuals who have experienced sexual harassment, abuse or assault during their careers. So far the fund has raised more than $13 million from over 200 donors, including actresses Jennifer Aniston and Meryl Streep, author and producer Shonda Rhimes and other agencies and organizations.

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Meghan Tribe

Meghan Tribe is a reporter covering the changing face of Big Law, from lateral moves and work-from-home programs to diversity initiatives. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @TribeMeghan

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