Our associates receive substantive, thoughtful feedback from the partners with whom they work. We encourage associates to seek input from partners on an informal basis. In addition, we formally review our associates annually. The review process begins with associates identifying the major matters they worked on during the year and summarizing everything from their billable work to their pro bono projects to their involvement in business development and community activities. The partners with whom each associate works then evaluate the associate in several substantive areas, as well as professional skills, approach to practice and interpersonal skills. The feedback is communicated to the associate in a meeting with firm leaders, with opportunities for questions and input from the associate. The firm provides associates with a summary of the core competencies that should be met during their path to partnership so that associates have a clear understanding of what is expected from associates at their level. Associates are able to advance to partner at their own pace.
We believe that mentoring is essential to ensuring associate growth. Each new associate who joins the firm will have the opportunity to discuss the qualities the associate seeks in a mentor. The associate is then paired with one or two other attorney mentors. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet regularly in whatever capacity is most beneficial for the mentee. Mentors and mentees typically meet for lunch or coffee and attend periodic firm-sponsored mentoring events. Associates are also encouraged to develop informal mentoring relationships throughout the firm, and partners and senior associates are encouraged to foster these relationships as well.
Associates have opportunities to play a significant role in cases early in their careers. Our associates have taken depositions, argued motions in state and federal court, and second-chaired trials as early as their first couple of years with the firm. Associates take a central role in transactions, often serving as the individual who is responsible for understanding all the prerequisites to deal closing and is tasked with making sure that these are met. Associates also commonly serve as the lead attorney on pro bono cases, which provide great opportunities for client interaction, getting into the courtroom, and building legal advocacy skills. Our associates have:
At Stinson Leonard Street, we believe in providing eligible employees with a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including:
Terms and conditions of benefit plan participation are subject to eligibility requirements and are subject to change. Additional benefits may be available in each individual Stinson Leonard Street office.