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Colleagues for Life

At Kirkland & Ellis, we owe our success to our people — present and past — and are dedicated to remaining colleagues for life. Whether you retire from the Firm or leave as an associate, Kirkland appreciates your contribution and will continue to invest in your career.

A network is your strongest asset. The Kirkland & Ellis Alumni Engagement Program connects our esteemed alumni through the AlumniLink website, engaging networking and pro bono events, and life-long career support.

AlumniLink is a Kirkland exclusive site that provides our attorneys and alumni with resources at your fingertips. Benefits of AlumniLink include:

  • Alumni Directory

  • Alumni Events: Visit our video library

  • Alumni News

  • Career Support

We know that not all attorneys follow the same path. The Kirkland CareerLink (KCL) program has been designed to aid our attorneys and alumni with confidential job search assistance and specific resources to help shape the direction of their careers. Benefits of CareerLink include:

  • Resume Review & Marketing Material

  • Exclusive Job Postings

  • Networking Assistance

  • LinkedIn Tips

  • Confidential Career Coaching: Contact a Career Coach

Go To Career Link

Questions? Contact Chiara Wrocinski, Director - Firmwide Alumni Engagement & CareerLink, or email

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RR Donnelly
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

From the day she landed at Kirkland, Sue Bettman knew she wanted to be in the mix on deals. While still a summer associate, the University of Illinois College of Law grad had been working hard on an unfolding deal, the sale of a gas subsidiary belonging to the Zeigler Coal Company, a longtime Firm client...

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Douglas C. Barnard
CF Industries Holdings, Inc.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary

Sixteen and Famous

Doug Barnard had always been an overachiever. Growing-up in rural Minnesota, he’d gone to a one-room country school where he “was the only kid in my grade.” Having then skipped a couple of grades, he found himself a freshman at world-famous MIT at age 16. It was, he recalls, “quite a shock.” Not least when a Harvard undergrad asked him: “Where did you prep?” His answer: “Cambridge [Minnesota].” During college, Barnard rowed on the crew team, and he recently donated a racing shell to MIT in fond memory of his own experiences on the Charles River...

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