Attorney Professional Development, Attorney Recruitment, CLE Management, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
With more than 1,700 lawyers across 22 offices globally, Skadden is one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world and we pride ourselves on delivering solutions to the world's most complex, high-value cases and transactions. In collaboration with firm leaders, the global attorney recruiting and development teams and the global diversity and inclusion team, the Attorney Recruiting & Development Administrator provides strategic direction and implementation for all aspects of law student and associate recruitment and attorney development in Skadden's Los Angeles office.
Essential functions of the role:
Works with office leadership and the Hiring Committee to develop short and long-term hiring strategies to support summer associate, entry-level and lateral associate recruitment efforts that align with firm goals.
Oversees campus recruitment efforts including law school outreach, student group partnerships, branding and networking events.
Manages recruitment of lateral associate candidates from sourcing to selection. Includes coordination with office and practice leadership to articulate needs, coordination with global leadership for approvals and interfacing with search firms.
Oversees summer associate program, including assignments, evaluations, feedback, training and social activities.
Performs and presents hiring outcome reports and analysis for Hiring Committee and firm leadership.
Oversees incoming and lateral attorney orientation and monitors their integration into practices and the firm.
Oversees evaluation processes for associates and counsel. Includes managing the mid-year and year-end evaluation and review processes and coordinating individual training, coaching, or outplacement, when appropriate.
Participates in conversations with firm leadership regarding associate performance and utilization and works with partners to implement/track appropriate follow-up.
Administers the associate mentor program, including recommending mentor assignments, monitoring participation and reporting.
Oversees attorney departure process, includes conducting exit interviews.
Responsible for ensuring attorney personnel records and databases are maintained accurately, includes monitoring attorney compliance with annual policy acknowledgements/mandatory online trainings/videos, etc.
Creates and implements professional development programs, as well as attorney retention and engagement initiatives, to meet the firm and office objectives and foster community.
Serves as a confidential resource to attorneys, providing career guidance and support.
Oversees California bar admissions, MCLE accreditation and compliance.
Oversees coordination of attorney training. Includes working closely with Global Attorney Learning group to implement firm-wide curriculums at the local level, as well identifying local training needs, working with consultants to provide programming, and soliciting feedback on program effectiveness.
Supports local office diversity and inclusion efforts through coordination with the global Diversity and Inclusion team and local attorney affinity groups.
Plans and attends attorney recruiting and development social functions.
Daily interaction with attorneys, secretaries and staff regarding attorney policies and procedures, expenses, billing time, etc.
Prepares attorney recruiting and development annual budget and reviews, monitors and approves related expenses throughout the year. Performs financial analysis and contract term review in line with firm procedures related to events.
Works with Global Attorney Development and Benefits teams on matters related to attorney benefits, flexible schedules, leaves of absence, disability and other leave arrangements.
Manages attorney and recruiting development team in the Los Angeles office, including selection, training, outlining annual objectives and evaluation of performance.
Recommends guidelines and practices to promote efficiency, effectiveness, top class service and improved employee engagement, in alignment with the firm's core values.
Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Essential knowledge, skills, abilities and other job-related competencies:
Strong ability to engage and collaborate with firm leaders, lawyers, students, career placement offices and business services professionals
Ability to handle difficult situations with poise and diplomacy and to use discretion and exercise independent and sound judgement
Maintains current knowledge of industry best practices, trend and techniques
Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational and planning skills
Demonstrates ability to lead and develop collaborative working relationships
Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities
Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team
Flexibility to travel
Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Lawcruit, viDesktop and Micron CE Manager, with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs
Education & experience:
Bachelor’s Degree required
At least seven to nine years of attorney recruiting and professional development experience with a law firm or other professional services firm environment
Demonstrated experience with leading and supervising others
About Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Skadden, Arps was founded in 1948 by Marshall H. Skadden, Leslie H. Arps and John H. Slate. These attorneys, different in personality and temperament, shared a vision that continues and thrives today — a commitment to professionalism and excellence in an environment that emphasizes teamwork, flexibility and responsiveness.
The firm provides high-quality and cost-effective legal services through:
•attention to client relationships;
•careful engagement management;
•practice and geographic diversity; and
•investment in people and technology.
As one of the world's leading law firms, we realize the importance of hiring knowledgeable and talented staff to support our attorneys. We invest substantial time and effort in hiring and training our staff. We recognize that capable and dedicated people are a valuable asset to the firm.