MENTORING & TRAINING
Allen & Associates, L.L.P. is committed to integrating new associates into the Firm quickly. A new associate is guided by a more senior associate who serves as an advisor, monitors assignments, and offers direction on how the Firm operates. The mentor is responsible for the introductions that build the informal firm network. New associates are encouraged to select a partner or senior attorney to serve as a mentor. Mentors are reassigned periodically giving associates the ability to foster relationships and gain broader relationships throughout the Firm.
Our system encourages associates to develop skills necessary to master new responsibilities at a steady pace. To assure that growth and professional standards are maintained, the Firm conducts a comprehensive in-house training program covering a full range of lawyering skills. This program includes seminars and workshops designed specifically for new attorneys, as well as training activities open to all of our lawyers.
Associates are required to supplement these in-house programs by arduously and vigorously reading on relevant topic areas. Each associate meets at least once annually with the Firm manager on the associates growth issues.
Firm associates annually receive formal evaluations on professional progress. These evaluations are based on the work performed during the prior year; the results are communicated directly to the associate. Via the evaluation process, the Firm will identify and fill gaps in professional experience and respond to the associates’ developing skills. Evaluations include a candid and careful assessment of the associate’s prospects for advancement. Decisions regarding election to partnership and counsel ordinarily are made in the sixth or seventh year with the firm.