We are committed to furthering the professional development of each of our lawyers. The firm’s Professional Development Committee (“PDC”) helms our training and development initiative as a means to empower, inspire and maximize individual potential. This mission is supported by a dedicated team of talented professionals representing a cross section of the firm, who identify and anticipate learning needs and deliver an expansive curriculum of CLE courses, training tools and opportunities for skill development at all levels. Our PDC is committed to providing lawyers with the tools they need to enhance skills within the practice of law, and to facilitate individualized professional development, via comprehensive benchmarks, consistent performance evaluations and regular feedback. Our benchmarks serve as a guide to the necessary experiential training and skills required for career development and professional growth. Through experiential learning, expert skill development, and exposure to key business concepts, our PDC helps ensure that our attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to provide clients and colleagues with exceptional, trusted expertise on a broad range of sophisticated matters.
Although associates in all our offices are hired for a particular practice group, they have ongoing opportunities to engage in multidisciplinary work via the assignment process. In each practice group, the administrative partners use our departmental benchmarks as a guide to assign work to associates, helping to ensure individual career development through a broad range of opportunities and experiences. Typically, junior associates work directly with the partner in charge of a matter, along with a mid-level or senior associate. At an early stage, our associates take on significant responsibility, often dealing directly with clients and, depending on the practice area, conducting depositions and discovery, appearing before courts and agencies, helping to develop and structure transactions, and negotiating transaction documents.
Continuing Legal Education
We are committed to furthering the career and professional development of our associates. We provide comprehensive firm-wide continuing legal education programming (CLE), with course offerings for both new lawyers and experienced practitioners. In addition to firm-wide and practice-specific training sessions conducted internally by partners and prominent industry experts, our lawyers have unlimited access to live programming and on demand CLE content offered by providers such as PLI and the New York City Bar. Attendance by associates and partners at CLE programs presented by local bar associations and professional or industry-specific organizations is both encouraged and sponsored by the firm. We are an Accredited CLE Provider in both California and New York.
Core Skill Development
Our Departmental Benchmark Initiative includes workshops and training programs that support the enhancement of core skills that are central to an attorney’s career development. Among these are offerings in critical skill areas such as communications, building client relationships, supervising, managing and delegating, and business development.
Basic Lawyering Program
In New York, new associates participate in our Basic Lawyering Program, which provides training and fundamental skill development. Our program opens with a week-long, intensive orientation covering topics such as professional responsibility, communication skills, economics of a law firm, transitioning from law student to law firm associate and client service basics. Each department sponsors specific training programs, which associates regularly attend during the first two years of their practice. In addition, associates are encouraged to supplement this mandatory training by attending programming open to all our lawyers.