Attorney Professional Development, Professional Legal Management
Work in tandem with the Chief Legal Talent Officer and transactional partners based in the firm’s New York office to address the optimal professional development of the firm’s associates and special counsel.
Manage the staffing process for the Corporate associates.
Engage with transactional associates and special counsel to identify and understand issues of importance regarding their work experience, implement responsive initiatives, provide individualized short- and long-term professional-development guidance, and generally assist the population.
Work with the Chief Legal Talent Officer and firm lawyers to develop and implement the firm’s transactional training curricula, including internal and external programs and the development of “Kramer Levin University” resources; identify department-specific training needs, generate training topics, and ensure CLE–standard compliance; spearhead communication-skills programs.
Monitor transactional associate and special counsel utilization and departmental needs; assist with staffing solutions to maximize each associate’s variety of work, exposure to different partners, and opportunity to develop and hone skills; support partners in resource planning and in building high-performance teams.
Work with the Chief Legal Talent Officer and firm partners to improve and implement the firm’s performance-evaluation process to focus efforts on ensuring that appropriate and consistent messages are delivered during annual and off-cycle reviews; assist with viEval administration and the annual bonus- and compensation-determination processes.
Collaborate with the Professional Development team and others to assist with development and implementation of mentoring programs, coordination of survey responses, and organization of morale-building events; manage department-specific career counseling (including facilitation of outplacement where appropriate), and assist with onboarding / integration and exit processes for transactional
Must be a motivated self-starter and a thoughtful, creative, resourceful, and resilient problem-solver with a demonstrated ability to drive innovation and change and a strong interest in lawyer development and training.
JD and significant relevant experience, preferably in a large law firm environment, required.
Excellent presentation and communication skills, including ability to work with and present to firm
management and partnership.
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work both independently and as a team player; demonstrated ability to inspire positive morale while simultaneously enhancing employee productivity and work ethic.
Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to (and excellent judgment in connection with) confidential attorney and firm matters.
Strong execution and organizational skills and ability to perform detailed work accurately, thoroughly, and consistently.
Technical and computer skills; PowerPoint and advanced Excel ability a plus.
About Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP (New York, NY)
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP has always been infused with an entrepreneurial spirit – a potent blend of proactivity, creativity and pragmatism. From 1968, when we began with six partners and eight associates, to today as a full-service law firm with approximately 375 attorneys in New York, Silicon Valley and Paris. Kramer Levin has grown exponentially on the strength of our people, our performance and the clients we serve. From the start, our attorneys have shared a vision that defies the traditional law firm stereotype and emphasizes a commitment to excellence and professionalism in an environment that respects teamwork, collegiality, flexibility and individuality. We welcome a sense of humor and offer a friendly, informal work environment. The range of matters brought to us by our clients – major corporations, smaller entrepreneurial enterprises and individuals – requires our lawyers (even in our most niche practices) to develop broad-based knowledge and skill. The repetitive, assembly line practice of law does not exist at Kramer Levin. Our attorneys develop rapidly in a non-hierarchical setting in which we consciously strive to provide hands-on, direct participation i...n legal matters. Learning, teaching, and mentoring are ongoing, integral parts of our culture.
Associates take an active part in Kramer Levin’s development. Associates have their own elected committee that monitors issues of concern to them and meets regularly with partners to discuss issues of mutual interest (e.g., compensation, professional development and work environment). They actively participate in four other key firm committees – recruiting, pro bono, diversity and summer program steering.
To supplement the firm's professional development program which includes a full array of in-house training programs, each associate has a $1,250 annual budget to spend on continuing education. Kramer Levin encourages associates to be as entrepreneurial as our clients by mastering both business development and lawyering skills. Associates receive a percentage of the billings generated by clients they bring into the firm; and after their second year of practice, associates receive a personal stipend to develop client relationships.
Our summer program offers a realistic experience. Rather than a forced rotation through our departments, we offer summer associates a choice of “sampling” practice areas in which they are interested, while trying to give them a sense of the work involved in several practice areas. We fully involve summer associates in day-to-day practice and assign work comparable to that given to junior associates. Summer associates participate in our departmental meetings, firm-wide events and training programs, and have opportunities to attend court hearings, discovery proceedings, negotiating sessions, closings and client meetings. Every summer associate is offered the opportunity to work on a pro bono matter, and associates are encouraged to pursue pro bono and community service opportunities of their choice, which are fully supported by the firm and credited as billable time.