mentoring and retention

Legal Recruiting and Professional Development Committee

Taft believes that consistency in recruiting and professional development efforts is very important. To this end, we have created a Legal Recruiting and Professional Development Committee. The committee is co-chaired by two partners who have spent several years working in the recruiting, professional development and evaluation processes related to associates. In addition, the committee consists of a partner from each office, the firm's chief recruiting and development officer and the director of recruiting and professional development. The committee is charged with hiring and retaining attorneys who will be successful at Taft on a long-term basis. The members not only conduct on campus and in house interviews, but also play a major role in the firm's summer program. In addition, these partners are responsible for overseeing the progression and evaluation of associates, which is done through open lines of communication and transparency about what is needed to be a successful attorney at Taft.

Associate Advisory Group

The firm also has an Associate Advisory Group, which includes two associates from each office, the chief recruiting and development officer and the director of recruiting and professional development. The group meets periodically to discuss issues, concerns and areas for improvement, and it works closely with the Legal Recruiting and Professional Development Committee.

Mentoring Process

All associates are assigned an associate and partner mentor when joining the firm. Typically, both mentors are members of the associate’s assigned practice group. On an annual basis, associates are given the opportunity to choose a partner mentor to assist them in professional development. This partner assists in helping the associate achieve practice group milestones pertinent to his or her level of experience.