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Hillary Clinton Cutting Ties With Law Firm

November 10, 1992

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Hillary Clinton is cutting ties with her law firm, although it is unclear when she will officially leave.

″She’s wrapping up her obligations there,″ spokeswoman Maggie Williams said Monday evening.

Ms. Williams said she does not know whether the transition will be completed before president-elect Clinton enters the White House on Jan. 20. ″The timetable is not clear,″ she said.

Mrs. Clinton, 45, joined the Rose Law Firm in 1977, after graduating from Yale Law School and teaching law at the University of Arkansas.

She is the family’s main breadwinner, making about $109,000 in 1991. As governor of Arkansas, Clinton earns $35,000 a year.

A source in the law firm said Mrs. Clinton will earn about $100,000 this year, but will not share in the firm’s profits beyond 1992.

She specializes in commercial litigation and intellectual property law at the firm, which was founded in 1820.

Mrs. Clinton was named by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s 100 most influential lawyers in 1989. She is a board member of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Her legal writings, which supported expanded legal rights for children, were blasted by Republicans as ″radical″ and ″anti-family″ during the election campaign.

During the heat of the Democratic primaries, former California Gov. Jerry Brown accused the Arkansas governor of funneling state business to his wife’s law firm. State records showed that Rose got a small percentage of state business given to local law firms.

Rose’s senior partner, longtime Clinton friend Webb Hubbell, insisted that Mrs. Clinton did not share in profits from business made directly with the state.

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