Attorney Professional Development, Attorney Recruitment, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
Responsible for supporting the effective, efficient, and consistent delivery of programs and projects in alignment with the Firm’s overall competency-based talent management program for lawyers, primarily focusing on legal personnel and training initiatives with the expectation of additional support for recruitment and diversity initiatives as needed.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*
Legal Personnel and Development:
In collaboration with the Legal Personnel Manager, cultivates strong working relationships with and provide ongoing support, guidance, and assistance to members of the Associates, Senior Associates and Counsel Committees and to their associate and counsel mentees.
In collaboration with the Legal Personnel team, coordinates the semi-annual evaluation processes for associates, senior associates, counsel, special counsel, discovery attorneys, attorneys, and staff attorneys.
Coordinates other training and development as well as more general attorney programs and processes which may include, but not be limited to, new associate orientation/onboarding, retreats for new Senior Associates, Counsel, Special Counsel, and Partners, upward evaluations, and other related programs such as individual development plans.
In collaboration with the Legal Personnel team, coordinates the annual attorney compensation process.
Coordinates all aspects of the attorney departure and transition process. Maintains the departure procedures document and updates as necessary. Assists Legal Personnel Manager with exit interview analysis.
Responsible for developing a comprehensive knowledge of all firm policies and practices as it relates to attorneys and works to ensure the appropriate implementation of each.
Works with various individuals within the firm to ensure the appropriate reimbursement of expenses as well as tracking and paying of vendor bills in accordance with firm policies
Compiles and analyzes statistical information and creates necessary reports to assist with various information requests and survey submissions.
Updates PeopleSoft as needed. Maintains all attorney personnel information, files, and records to ensure accuracy and confidentiality of the same. Updates firm distribution lists as necessary.
Closely tracks attorney vacation time. Communicates with attorneys regarding their vacation time as needed. Learns and understands the firm's leave and reduced hours policies. Takes the lead on communication with attorneys regarding leaves. Closely tracks leave and reduced hours' time.
Supports local office programming of the Work-Life-Balance Committee.
Completes monthly reporting for attorneys not admitted to practice and conducts necessary follow up to ensure individual compliance.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Professional Development and Training:
Coordinates the legal development and training programs for attorneys including new attorneys and summer associates.
Works with internal presenters to develop and deliver effective training.
Manages all logistics of meetings and programs including scheduling, vendor support, securing of meeting rooms, meeting room preparation, on-site coordination, and trouble shooting.
Works with the Professional Development and Training Managers and other training and development team members to identify and address training and development needs, develop curriculum, and implement programs to maximize effectiveness and quality.
Acts as liaison with and offers related support to appropriate committees and legal departments/practice groups to ensure attorney training and development program goals are identified and met. Engages with associates, counsel, partners, and related committees to remain knowledgeable about needs and obtain current feedback.
Keeps abreast of trends in legal training and development for attorneys. Makes recommendations around program creation.
Creates meaningful evaluative process for all training and development programs to include survey creation and administration and results collection and tabulation; analyzes results for trends and developmental gaps; developmental gaps; develops recommendations based upon results. Assists with creating and implementing attorney training and development policies and procedures.
Complies and analyzes training and development statistics for attorney and firm metrics reporting and external survey purposes in various Attorney Management Systems and in collaboration with other administrative departments (e.g. HR and IS).
Assumes other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Colaborates with the Legal Recruitment Manager, successfully designs, effectively and efficiently coordinates and evaluates all aspects of the firm’s Summer Associate Program including, pre-arrival processes and communications, orientation, mentoring program with partners and associates, social and community service events, diversity events and initiatives, educational and special firm programming.
In conjunction with Hiring Partner, Summer Program Co-Chairs, Practice Managers and the Recruitment Manager, generates interest and solicits substantive summer associate work assignments and observational opportunities from the firm’s practice areas and pro bono programs. Manages the workload reporting system and evaluation process for summer associates.
In collaboration with the Legal Recruitment Manager, effectively and efficiently coordinates the law school student recruitment process including supporting efforts for the firm’s branding initiatives and targeted law school communications.
Facilitates the selection and scheduling of law schools for campus interviews.
Schedules student and attorney interviewers for on-campus and in-office interviews.
Coordinates and reviews interview feedback and facilitates the hiring decision process with the Hiring Committee; participates in follow-up activities and monitors the effectiveness of follow-up activity with offerees.
Coordinates recruitment receptions, offer dinners and functions, both in-house and on-campus for assigned schools.
In alignment with the firm’s strategic goals, objectives and initiatives, assists with the annual recruitment budget preparation and monthly monitoring of accounts, anticipates and resolves discrepancies, handles related payments, reimbursements and issues.
Contributes to the Firm’s Service Excellence initiative to consistently improve its image internally and externally. Display professionalism, quality service and a “can do” attitude to internal members/departments of the firm as well as external clients and vendors via electronic and print correspondence, over the telephone and in-person.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong teamwork skills.
Excellent technical skills required, including proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Proficiency in talent management software systems preferred such as viDesktop, LawCruit, and PeopleSoft.
Excellent organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills, and superior attention to detail required.
Excellent analytic skills are required, including the ability to compile, review and determine logical conclusions or recommendations based on data or information that is varied in content or format.
Excellent interpersonal skills required.
Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities; ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision.
Bachelor’s degree is required.
One to three years of experience, preferably in law firm or other professional services firm. Experience working in a professional environment and interfacing with significantly senior colleagues is required. Prior experience working independently or with little supervision on some projects.
Legal Excellence. Dedication to Clients. Commitment to Public Service.
WilmerHale offers unparalleled legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of our clients. We practice at the very top of the legal profession and offer a cutting-edge blend of capabilities that enables us to handle deals and cases of any size and complexity. Today, businesses face greater scrutiny and more 'bet the company' issues than ever before. With a practice unsurpassed in depth and scope by any other major firm, we have the ability to anticipate obstacles, seize opportunities and get the case resolved or the deal done—and the experience and know-how to prevent it from being undone.
We are 1,000 lawyers strong, with 14 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Our practice includes over 500 litigators with unmatched trial, appellate and Supreme Court experience; a preeminent securities law practice with over 200 lawyers; a regulatory practice that includes more than 100 lawyers who have held high-level government positions; an intellectual property practice enriched by the expertise of more than 140 attorneys and technology specialists ...who hold scientific or technical degrees; more than 230 seasoned corporate lawyers and business counselors; and lawyers who focus on bankruptcy, environmental, labor and employment, real estate and tax matters.
With a heritage that includes our involvement in the foundation of legal aid work early in the 20th century, we have consistently distinguished ourselves as leaders in pro bono representation. Many of our lawyers have played, and continue to play, prominent roles in public service activities of national and international importance—from counseling US presidents to opposing discrimination and defending human rights around the world. Most importantly, our firm stands for a steadfast commitment to quality and excellence in everything we do—a commitment reflected in the continued success of our clients across the globe.