Attorney Professional Development, Professional Legal Management
4 Year Degree
DWT attorneys are driven to deliver innovative legal services to our clients. To achieve our vision, we are looking for a Manager of Lawyer Development Training to help our attorneys become smarter, better, and faster.
The objective and focus of the position is to design and implement attorney curriculum, manage content development and delivery, assist practice group leadership with the design and delivery of practice-specific training for the firm’s attorneys while overseeing continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation/compliance and attorney mentoring programs firm-wide.
If you have a strong knowledge of law firm operations, a passion for cultivating talent across diverse groups, and an innovative approach to curriculum design – we want to talk to you.
On a typical day you will:
Collaborate with the Director of Talent Development & Training and firm leaders to assess needs and create, implement, and manage the next level of professional development core skills training; create metrics to evaluate training return on investment and better communicate program linkages, goals, and outcomes
Collaborate with the Director of Talent Development & Training and firm leaders to design and implement PD training curricula. Manage planning, organization and delivery of attorney training programs, including faculty recruitment, scheduling, promotion, program logistics and post-program review. Track metrics and manage budget
Collaborate with Director of Talent Development & Training, consult with Practice Group Leaders to assess training needs and evaluate substantive skills training programs
Provide operations support to the Director of Talent Development & Training and the team
Review and update existing course content and curricula, including core skills training (writing, negotiation, communications, presentation, etc.) to lawyers
Develop new instructor-led core and substantive skills training courses and online trainings
In partnership with PD team members, oversee the development and coordination of the First Year and Summer Associate training curriculums and First Year and Summer Associate orientation programs
Working closely with attorney recruiting, marketing/practice management, Information Technology (IT) and other departments to create focused training programs and initiatives
Contribute to the planning and execution of firm-wide PD training programs and other practice or firm-based retreats
Oversee (CLE) administration including attorney compliance and accreditation internal and external programs; work with departments, practice groups, and attorney presenters to ensure compliance with all requirements
Oversee management of firm wide and departmental attorney mentoring programs, collaborate with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion on women’s mentoring circles and other diversity-based mentoring programs; recommend and implement program enhancements, best practices, and training; identify synergies and create new groups as indicated; track metrics/feedback and manage budgets
Contribute to development of best practice materials; manage attorney resources and training content on the firm’s Learning Manager Systems and Talent Development & Training intranet site
Make recommendations regarding the use of and selection of outside consultants to tailor training programs to meet specific firm needs
Monitor external trends and best practices in attorney PD; codify insights and recommendations in areas including attorney career paths, training, staffing, mentoring, feedback, and compensation
Contribute to other PD initiatives and programs as requested
Join us if you have:
3+ years of attorney professional development training and curricula development experience or 3+ years practicing as an attorney, preferably in a large law firm environment
A solid knowledge of the MCLE rules is preferred
A demonstrated knowledge and experience in facilitating and designing adult education programs in a multi-office law firm
Demonstrated ability to work with professionals throughout an organization, including partners, associates of all levels, marketing/practice management personnel, support staff, and IT
Bachelor’s Degree required; JD or Master’s Degree preferred
Excellent written and verbal communications skills at the project level and focused on serving internal clients.
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Self-motivated, able to assume responsibility and work autonomously and ethically in a professional manner
Who We Are
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm with eight offices nationwide. We are relentlessly committed to client service and look for candidates who share that commitment. At DWT, client service means having empathy for each client’s and each lawyer’s work and personal pressures, business objectives, and legal needs; anticipating their needs; and having the capabilities and commitment to deliver what matters most to them.
What’s in it For You?
DWT offers competitive compensation in addition to ample benefits including but not limited to:
Choice of health and vision insurance plans
2 paid volunteer days for qualifying community service work
Fertility and adoption benefit
Paid sabbatical after 13 years of service
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to feel and reach with hands and arms and frequently required to sit, stand, walk and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
This job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that embracing diversity and inclusion brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and inspires us to build strong and lasting connections with each other, our clients, and our communities. We are committed to promoting a diverse workforce and inclusive environment where every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is our policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical condition), race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, religious creed, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, military condition, military or veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws.
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About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
The List that Shaped a Legacy
Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.
This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the nation and to China. Today, Davis Wright is a full-service firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. We are recognized for excellence in a broad number of areas, with 89 of our attorneys across 31 practice areas cited as leaders in their fields in the most recent Chambers USA guide, and over 140 of our attorneys across 56 practice areas included in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
Focused on the Future
While we honor and have great regard for our history, Davis Wright is focused on the future of providing legal services. We believe the future will reward those lawyers and firms that innovate and persist in tuning their services to the real-life, changing business needs of their clients. The ability to deliver customized excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficien...tly flexible to adapt our approach to the client’s needs in the context of the particular situation in which we were hired. That involves talking with our clients, learning what their success measures are, and collaborating with them to ensure our service helps them accomplish those measures.
This always involves excellent lawyering but it also includes:
deep industry knowledge,
gains in efficiency in performing work that does not require a customized solution, or
the application of technology to reduce cycle time and improve quality.
How We Work with Clients
We use a number of techniques to ensure we understand our clients. We use client teams to enhance communication and collaboration among our lawyers, to advance our understanding of our clients’ business objectives, and to confirm with clients that our service model is aligned with their needs. Each year, we conduct dozens of face-to-face client service interviews, led by senior members of the firm, to solicit specific feedback on our lawyers and work, and to understand how, from the client’s perspective, we can improve. And, on a daily basis, we expect our lawyers to deliver value that includes not just excellent legal service but also business insight, user-friendliness, and flawless support.
We believe the way we work with clients is a distinctive feature of the firm and we make it a priority to reinforce its importance.
Teams That Collaborate
In terms of our services, we supplement depth and strength in the core legal functions of litigation, business transactions, intellectual property, and employment with nationally-recognized, broadly-based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries—including communications, media, financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality. These teams collaborate effectively to provide a unified legal solution that is well-informed by the particular business and regulatory circumstances that influence our clients’ businesses and the legal work they need.
We focus on what we do extremely well. This means we will not be all things to all clients, but that they will place a high value on their relationship with Davis Wright.