Kathleen Behan "didn’t wait until completing her degree to begin her work: While still attending Columbia, she volunteered at a lawyer’s collective in India providing legal support for the homeless. After graduation, she worked at the A.C.L.U. before joining Arnold & Porter in 1990. After only two months with the Firm, she was recruited to serve on the team for a high-profile death penalty appeals case based on her work with Professor Jim Liebman. She was named a partner in 1996. Her practice includes general civil cases and criminal and constitutional law, and she remains active on a pro bono basis with the ACLU. Last year, the National Law Journal named her one of the Top 50 women litigators."