In mid-March, Reed Smith LLP equity partner Jesse Miller was settling in at his San Francisco home after a trip to Los Angeles for a hearing when he got the call.

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Miller, who is also a U.S. Army colonel, was asked to lead a joint task force helping with humanitarian and public safety needs across California.

The next day, he activated his brigade — the 115th Regional Support Group — to support food banks and other sites across the Golden State. Within just a few days, the joint force, made up of California Army National Guardsmen and California Air National Guardsmen, was operating at 15 different mission sites.

In the National Guard, he said, "We just have to learn quickly and never be late to need, we say. We adapt and use all our civilian-acquired experiences and our military training, and work long hours and just get it done — a little bit like getting ready for trial, but on a grand scale with a huge sense of purpose behind us."

Miller is among the lawyers around the country who have either taken leaves of absence from their practices to offer support during the pandemic or are lending a hand after work and on weekends.

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By Michele Gorman