To assist all of our lawyers in reaching their fullest potential, the firm has implemented a Lawyer Practice and Professional Development Program designed to provide resources and support to facilitate the development of the skills and competencies that the firm believes are essential for superior performance as a Lewis and Roca lawyer. These resources and support range from tailored guidelines for lawyers in different practice areas and at different stages in their careers, education and training opportunities, support for assuming leadership opportunities in the community, mentoring, and executive coaching. With this program, Lewis and Roca can recognize and actively manage, on an individualized basis, the unique and often overlooked challenges that women and minority lawyers often experience in large law firms in order to ensure that the firm properly invests its resources to retain and promote its talented and diverse lawyers.
Lewis and Roca also recognizes that, for many of our lawyers, their first day at the firm is not when they join us after graduation but when they participate in our summer recruitment program – a ten week period during which they have an opportunity to work directly with our lawyers, get to know us, and let us get to know them and their skills. Because this is such a short period of time in which to demonstrate their capabilities, we have designed a Summer Associate Academy with which we begin the summer program, ensuring that every member of our summer class understands the firm’s expectations and culture and is well-prepared to demonstrate that person’s unique capabilities.
In keeping with the firm’s support of all individuals, the firm also makes alternative work schedules available to attorneys and staff.