We support formal training programs and our attorneys or outside experts regularly hold educational sessions. In addition, we support attendance at training programs provided by organizations such as NITA, the Practicing Law Institute and Continuing Education of the Bar.
Each new associate is assigned a partner and an associate mentor, who assist with the orientation process and provide ongoing support. The initial orientation process includes an introduction to the firm's culture, practices and procedures, as well as meetings and training sessions with various administrative staff.
We also hold an annual new associate retreat. At this two-day, off-site event, partners lead substantial trial practice sessions, and attendees have the chance to form relationships with their fellow attorneys.
Regular feedback is, of course, a key component of training. We encourage partners to provide associates with timely feedback on legal writing, oral advocacy, and other litigation skills. In addition, the partnership meets twice a year to discuss associate performance and to gather specific information that is conveyed to associates to help them mature as litigators.