We have structured mentoring and networking programs in place at the firm, office, and practice group levels. Mentoring programs are a key component of our Associate Professional Development program and our New Partner Professional Development program, which is for individuals elevated to partner within the last five years.
For associates, mentors assist with preparing a professional development plan, monitor progress under the plan, and participate in annual evaluation meetings. For new partners, mentors help develop specific objectives designed to support their new roles at the firm and within their practice areas. This includes business development training, client relations skills, and associate management skills.
We also have a mentoring program in which senior attorneys of color provide guidance to more junior attorneys of color. This program enhances our other mentoring programs by teaming together attorneys who face common issues with respect to career development.