mentoring and retention

Attorney Advancement & Recruiting Committee

Taft believes that consistency in recruiting and professional development efforts is very important. To this end, we have created an Attorney Advancement & Recruiting Committee. The committee is co-chaired by three 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 and the firm's senior director of recruiting and administration. 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 one associate from each office and the senior director of recruiting and administration. The group meets periodically to discuss issues, concerns and areas for improvement, and it works closely with the Attorney Advancement & Recruiting 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.