LP Academy answers some of those questions you don’t even know to ask when you’re a young lawyer. How do I grow my network? How do I work with my legal assistant? What do billing attorneys have to do? Which fork do I use?!? From the small to the big, LP Academy puts the professional development of our junior lawyers at the forefront. Additionally, we share LP Academy with our full attorney population for special speaker series that highlight conversations on innovation with our alumni and clients. Recent events include conversations with Starbucks Chief Compliance Officer Matt Swaya and Nokia Global Director of Ethics & Compliance Investigation Robert Calo.
We are committed to supporting our attorneys at every step in their career. That’s why we created RISE, a year-long development program for new shareholders to help them level up during this exciting new stage of their career. The program provides insight into each partner’s strengths, how to leverage those strengths, and how to engage in firm resources. Our RISE classes routinely report that this program has been rejuvenating and inspiring, and makes them proud to be part of the Lane Powell family.
Mentorship is a critical key to increasing diversity in law firms. It’s not enough to say we care about mentoring; at Lane Powell we put our commitment to mentoring into concrete action through our innovative mentoring circle program. All of our associates are invited to participate annually in this year-long program that puts three associates in a circle with a mentor partner. During the year, our mentoring circles tackle goals and learning objectives that makes certain each associate has a group of colleagues and a partner in their corner cheering them on. Our associates routinely report that our mentoring circle program is the most meaningful mentoring experience they’ve ever had.
Becoming a parent is a huge milestone in life. We provide support to all of our new parents to help them transition to the world of working parent. To that end, we provide a generous bonding leave package to all of our attorneys and we have a program designed to provide personal coaching to each of our new parents when they return to the office. We work with each individual to ensure their schedule, practice and long-term career plans are supported.
We are proud to be a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). This high-profile national organization, composed of managing partners of major law firms and general counsel of public and private companies, is the national leader working to diversify the US legal profession for now and future generations. We participate in four LCLD’s initiatives. Two initiatives are focused on law students: Our attorneys serve as mentors in the LCLD Success Mentoring Program for first-year law students and our first-year summer associates participate in LCLD’s Scholars Program. The second set of initiatives are focused on current attorneys. We sponsor one of our attorneys each year for LCLD’s Fellows Program and LCLD Pathfinders Program. These programs share the goal of producing a diverse generation of up-and-coming attorneys with strong leadership and relationship skills who are committed to fostering diversity within their individual institutions and the profession at large. We have been recognized by LCLD as a “Top Performer,” identifying Lane Powell as being one of its most active members who supports LCLD’s mission in many ways.
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