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Professional Development

To retain the talented lawyers we recruit, we work hard to provide them with the resources, experience and support necessary to succeed. This means assisting lawyers with their professional development and career satisfaction.

Here are some of the initiatives we have taken to further these goals:

Mentoring Program. All new associates are assigned an associate adviser to help guide and support their careers. Mentors of women and minority associates focus on helping them integrate into the firm and highlighting the resources/solutions that exist for some of the special issues they may face. After two years, associates and the MPLPs work together to pair each associate with a partner mentor, who provides more specific sponsorship and practice-group support.

Training Programs. We offer an ongoing series of training and educational programs for our lawyers, including intensive trial practice, deposition, oral skills, and writing programs. The firm also provides a series of seminars for associates on topics ranging from litigation and negotiation skills to professional ethics and relationships with clients.

Associate Evaluations. The firm provides a formal performance evaluation for every associate each year. These evaluations serve several purposes. First and foremost, they are intended to supplement day-to-day feedback by ensuring that each associate receives periodic assessments of his or her work, including identification of strengths and weaknesses and suggestions for development. In addition, the evaluation reports provide the firm with valuable information regarding the progress and needs of individual lawyers; this information is used in arranging future assignments and legal education programs. The evaluations are provided to associates and discussed at an annual Professional Development Meeting, where the MPLPs, practice group leaders, and individual associates meet to review individual career development issues, assignments, and associates’ concerns about any aspect of life at the firm.

Managing Partners for Legal Personnel. Several partners, distributed among the firm’s U.S. offices, serve as managing partners for legal personnel, or MPLPs. The MPLPs have overall responsibility for associate assignments, coordinating junior associate evaluations and reviews, and proposing and implementing policies and procedures affecting associates. The MPLPs are supported by our experienced professional development team.

Associate Advisory Committee. This committee, which is comprised of associates who work with partner advisors and firm leadership, provides an organized way for the firm’s management and associates to exchange views and perspectives.

Associate Ombudspersons. A senior lawyer in each of the firm's offices serves as Associate Ombudsperson to provide confidential advice to any associate upon request.