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Professional Development

Husch Blackwell provides its attorneys with professional development opportunities that give them a competitive advantage. The firm offers an extensive array of programs that help all attorneys, from new associates to experienced practitioners, achieve their career goals and provide value for clients.

New Associates

At Husch Blackwell, we believe orientation for new associates is a process, not a single event. Our training continues long past the first week to help new associates feel comfortable in the firm and with the practice of law.

Lawyers Academy

All associates new to the practice of law participate in Lawyers Academy. This two-day orientation smooths the transition from law student to lawyer and prepares associates to hit the ground running. Firm leaders provide instruction on topics that include:

  • Firm culture and structure
  • Law firm economics
  • Associate progression at Husch Blackwell
  • Career management

Associates also participate in extensive Litigation and Transactional Boot Camps that introduce basic practice concepts tailored to the associates’ areas of interest. Through the Academy, new associates learn a business-minded approach to practice, how to launch a successful career and how the firm’s many resources can help them succeed from Day One.

Lawyers Academy 2.0

Orientation for associates continues through monthly lunch-and-learns known as Lawyers Academy 2.0. The programs in this curriculum build on the education associates receive during their first days at the firm and address topics such as:

  • Teamwork
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Data security and awareness
  • Document management and organization
  • Formulation of a career development plan

Mentoring Program

New associates are matched with mentors who support the associates’ integration into the firm and help them start their journeys. During one-on-one interactions, partners share practice-specific and career-related advice.

The Mentoring Program continues for junior and midlevel associates, building upon the other professional development instruction provided at those levels.

Core Skills Training

This yearlong curriculum focuses on the career management, business development and professional skills that associates need to advance deep into their careers. Distinguished presenters, both internal and external, help strengthen attorneys’ core competencies, fill knowledge gaps and prepare for new challenges.

Many of the programs are customized by attorney level and by practice type—litigation or transactional. But any HB attorney may attend any of the trainings. Recent offerings include:

  • Building a Personal Brand
  • Leadership Workshop
  • Time Management
  • The Art of Cross-Servicing
  • Collective Intelligence and Unconscious Bias: Working Smarter Together
  • Writing Workshops for Litigation and Transactional Associates
  • Legal Project Management Primer
  • Financial Acumen Training
  • Delegating and Supervising Others

Practice Area Training

Every attorney at Husch Blackwell is assigned to one of the firm’s Practice Specialty Centers (PSCs). These groups correspond to the firm’s practice areas and provide in-depth, practice area-specific training at all levels.

PSC-sponsored training helps “fill the gaps” for associates while they gain practical experience. The Commercial Litigation PSC, for example, offers:

  • A five-month Mock Trial Program that culminates in full mock trials every July
  • Two-day Deposition Workshop led by instructors from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • Negotiations Workshop that addresses mediation and settlement

All PSCs have a partner leader who develops yearlong training on subjects relevant to the PSC. These leaders also hold regular, cross-office meetings to discuss current topics and projects. PSC leaders and the firm’s professional development staff actively monitor associate workloads and project assignments to ensure that associates receive challenging work, progress at an appropriate rate and have opportunities to develop practice area experience.

General Training

All Husch Blackwell attorneys are encouraged to take advantage of programs designed to teach effective career management and business skills. Training is offered on a broad range of topics that include:

  • Client service from the client’s perspective
  • Time and project management
  • Benefits of diversity and inclusion
  • Presentation skills
  • Advanced law firm economics
  • Leadership

Additionally, the firm expects all attorneys to attend at least one course annually on an area of professional responsibility conducted by the General Counsel.

Experienced Associates

As associates continue in their legal careers, they discover how much more there is to learn. Husch Blackwell’s professional development continues with workshops and training that focus on improving practice skills, honing work habits and building relationships.

Mentoring Program

Newly hired associates are matched with mentors who support the associates’ integration into the firm. During one-on-one interactions, partners share practice-specific and career-related advice.

Additionally, each experienced associate is assigned a Lateral Integration Associate (LIA) who helps ease the transition during the first six months. The LIA helps the lateral build relationships by arranging monthly lunches with others and accompanying them to happy hours or other social events. Depending on the size of the office and the seniority of the lateral, the lateral’s mentor and LIA may be the same person.

Core Skills Training

Associates who are advancing in their careers find the yearlong Core Skills Training curriculum to be a welcome resource. Distinguished presenters from inside and outside the firm discuss career management, business development and professional skills.  Many of the programs are customized by attorney level and by practice type—litigation or transactional.  But any HB attorney may attend any of the trainings. Recent offerings include:

  • Building a Personal Brand
  • Leadership Workshop
  • Time Management
  • The Art of Cross-Servicing
  • Collective Intelligence and Unconscious Bias: Working Smarter Together
  • Writing Workshops for Litigation and Transactional Associates
  • Legal Project Management Primer
  • Financial Acumen Training
  • Delegating and Supervising Others

Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Training

Husch Blackwell is committed to understanding our clients’ industries – after all, we are organized around them. Each of the firm’s six strategic business units (SBUs) offers regular training on trends and topics to advance attorneys’ industry knowledge. Sample programs include:

  • Cross Border Insolvency Issues (Financial Services)
  • Wholesale Grocery Supply Considerations (Food & Agribusiness)
  • Supply Chain Savvy (Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation)

Practice Area Training

The Practice Specialty Centers (PSCs) at Husch Blackwell correspond to the firm’s practice areas, and all attorneys are assigned to one. The PSCs provide in-depth training on subjects relevant to that group. The Commercial Litigation PSC, for example, offers:

  • A five-month Mock Trial Program that culminates in full mock trials every July
  • Two-day Deposition Workshop led by instructors from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • Negotiations Workshop that addresses mediation and settlement

Each PSC is led by a partner who develops yearlong training and holds regular, cross-office meetings to discuss current topics and projects.  PSC leaders and the firm’s professional development staff actively monitor associate workloads and project assignments to ensure that associates receive challenging work, progress at an appropriate rate and have opportunities to develop practice area experience and knowledge.

General Training

All Husch Blackwell attorneys are encouraged to take advantage of programs designed to teach effective career management and business skills. Training is offered on a broad range of topics that include:

  • Client service from the client’s perspective
  • Time and project management
  • Benefits of diversity and inclusion
  • Presentation skills
  • Advanced law firm economics
  • Leadership

Additionally, the firm expects all attorneys to attend at least one course annually on an area of professional responsibility conducted by the General Counsel.

Husch Blackwell University at Wash U

This intensive nine-day program for select senior associates and junior partners is offered through a partnership with Washington University’s Olin School of Business in St. Louis. It focuses on law firm economics and strategy, client relationships and leadership development. The program aims to provide talented and more experienced attorneys with the professional skills they will need to become equity partners.

Partners

Because the law never stands still, even the most senior attorneys can benefit from continued professional development. Partners also play a valuable role in mentoring and advising junior attorneys. The entire firm benefits when partners share their knowledge and experience.

Core Skills Training

It never hurts to brush up on career management, business development and professional skills. In this yearlong curriculum, distinguished presenters from inside and outside the firm offer tips and training to strengthen core competencies and prepare attorneys for new challenges.  

Although many of the programs are customized by attorney level and by practice type—litigation or transactional—attorneys are welcome to attend any session of interest. Recent offerings include:

  • Building a Personal Brand
  • Leadership Workshop
  • Time Management
  • The Art of Cross-Servicing
  • Collective Intelligence and Unconscious Bias: Working Smarter Together
  • Writing Workshops for Litigation and Transactional Associates
  • Legal Project Management Primer
  • Financial Acumen Training
  • Delegating and Supervising Others

Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Training

The business world moves quickly. One way to stay on top of industry topics and trends is to attend programs presented by SBU colleagues and guest speakers. Sample programs include:

  • HIPAA Risk Assessment (Health, Life Sciences & Education)
  • Land Title and Insurance in the Energy World (Energy & Natural Resources)
  • Hotel Purchase Transactions (Real Estate, Development & Construction)

Practice Area Training

Every attorney at Husch Blackwell is assigned to one of the firm’s Practice Specialty Centers (PSCs). These groups provide in-depth, practice area-specific training for partners (open to all attorneys). Each PSC’s partner leader also holds regular cross-office meetings to discuss current topics and projects.

General Training

Programs designed to teach effective business skills and career management are offered regularly at Husch Blackwell, and all attorneys are encouraged to attend. The topics covered include:

  • Client service from the client’s perspective
  • Time and project management
  • Benefits of diversity and inclusion
  • Presentation skills
  • Advanced law firm economics
  • Leadership

Additionally, the firm expects all attorneys to attend at least one course annually on an area of professional responsibility conducted by the General Counsel.

Husch Blackwell University at Wash U

This intensive program is designed to provide select talented junior partners and experienced associates with the professional skills they will need to become equity partners. HB University focuses on law firm economics and strategy, client relationships and leadership development. The nine-day program is offered through a partnership with Washington University’s Olin School of Business in St. Louis.

Contact

Carrie English, Chief Talent Officer
carrie.english huschblackwell.com