Sidley Fires Associate After She Speaks Out Against Law Firms’ Letter on Antisemitism

Sidley Austin has terminated one of its New York associates after she wrote and published a letter about the devastation unfolding in Gaza, that includes a sharp reproof of the stance that law firms have taken in the aftermath, according to people close to the situation. 

The associate, Melat Kiros, a regulatory lawyer based in Sidley’s New York office, published the letter to Medium, which was widely shared on LinkedIn. Senior members of the firm had asked her to take the letter down, according to sources. After she declined, she was terminated. One of the people said that the firm had informed Kiros that the letter ran afoul of certain of the firm’s policies and procedures. 

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