We offer our associates mentoring and feedback. We also encourage participation in our Partnering Process.

Mentoring

Mentoring is also provided by the practice group leaders. Practice groups meet regularly for lunch to talk about current topics and particularly challenging client matters. Most of our practice groups also hold retreats each year to review developments in the law and to share new methods for serving our clients.

Evaluation and Feedback

There are few things as important to an associate's development as feedback. Our system maximizes a lawyer's opportunity to be evaluated on a meaningful basis. We conduct a formal evaluation annually that consists of written evaluations, oral evaluations and meetings between an associate and his or her advisor. Our partners and senior associates provide constructive reviews that recognize success and suggest areas for improvement. Customized individual development planning is created for each associate based on their evaluation feedback and their own goals and objectives, which are established annually.

Partnering Process

Representatives of the firm also hold annual meetings with all associates to address policies or issues that may be of concern to associates. The firm created a unique new program in 2000 called the "Annual Associate Partnering Program." This partnering process gives associates an opportunity to revel in what is going well in the firm, as well as provide feedback and suggestions to the partnership on how the firm could better advance its major goals of providing excellent service to clients, attracting and retaining the best people, unifying the firm, and improving profitability.

We believe this continuous improvement process demonstrates the depth of the firm's commitment to our associates, which in turn allows the firm to retain the best people.

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