"Over the past 25 years, I’ve come to see the Firm as the best of both worlds. We’ve become a relatively large firm in terms of scope and breadth of services and technological depth, but we have retained the virtues and friendliness of a small firm."
Schenck, Price, Smith & King understands that associates are vitally important to its current and future success. There is a strong community of interest between partners and associates regarding associate training and development.
Associates at Schenck Price are treated with dignity, respect and appreciation. The Firm believes that associates should be trained and developed into outstanding lawyers. The Firm also believes that all attorneys are entitled to know what is expected of them so that they can focus and prioritize their efforts.
Like many firms, Schenck Price draws upon the experience and teaching abilities of its more experienced attorneys in organizing seminars, tutorials and other exercises for all practice areas. In addition, all departments hold regular educational meetings to discuss current developments and practice areas. Furthermore, the Firm actively supports the pursuit of continuing legal education on the part of its attorneys, and has an Education Committee that focuses exclusively on associate development.
The Firm maintains a collegial approach to its practice and encourages all attorneys to discuss relevant legal and business issues on an informal basis. The Firm sponsors attorney luncheons and other formal and informal gatherings within the Firm overall and within specific departments as an effort to address new practice developments. Additionally, Department Chairs and other attorneys circulate memoranda, new court decisions and other relevant information to interested attorneys on a regular basis.
In an effort to provide assistance and encouragement to all associates, all associates are assigned a partner to act as a mentor or preceptor. Each associate spends approximately one year or more with his or her mentor or preceptor and then is assigned a new mentor or preceptor.
Mentors meet periodically with associates to discuss any and all matters affecting their lives at the Firm. In many cases, the relationship between an associate and a mentor extends beyond the formal mentorship period and continues informally. The mentor often remains a source of general advice on career matters in subsequent years.
Associates receive formal reviews once a year. In addition, the Firm provides each first-year associate with an informal annual review midway through the year. Mentors are particularly active in the formal annual review process. These reviews are based upon the submission of detailed review forms by all partners and a discussion of all written evaluations undertaken by the Associate Review Committee. In these reviews, the Firm encourages a dialogue about the associate's career, the Firm's expectations of the associate and other work-related issues.
As part of the formal review process, associates submit their own self-evaluation report, which fosters a more complete dialogue between the associate and the firm.
In addition to the annual review, the Firm asks all Department chairpersons and supervising lawyers to provide ongoing feedback to associates with whom they are working.