What’s Trending in the World of Professional Development for Law Firms?

What’s Trending in the World of Professional Development for Law Firms?

It is well known that law firms generally spend most of their professional development resources on their attorneys while their professional staffers generally do not see many opportunities for professional development—a major reason that staffers leave law firms. MindSpring Metro DC is happy to report a new trend in the DC area— law firms like Crowell & Moring LLP and Hogan Lovells US LLP are creating workplaces where all employees, regardless of their role, have access to professional development opportunities in order to do their best while feeling engaged and part of the firm’s team.

Crowell & Moring is working on changing their culture by combining staff and attorney courses for skills that apply to both career tracks. Kudos to those law firms that are fostering a culture of collaboration among all their employees! Crowell & Moring is also creating professional development plans for their staff employees to give them a path for growth internally.

The leadership at Hogan Lovells is supporting a “Leadership Within” program that two staff members in the firm created specifically for the professional development of staff employees. This program involves monthly sessions on topics that enhance and strengthen the leadership skills of the firm’s staff employees. Kudos to Hogan Lovells for supporting the development of their staff employees!

According to Erin Coe, in a Law360 article, “5 Tips for Keeping Law Firm Support Staffers Happy,” “legal support staffers play a vital role in keeping law firms running smoothly and efficiently.”

In addition, a study by McKinsey & Co. indicates that law firms that have the best “people development” cultures have the solid track records of superior, sustained financial performance and stability. If staffers are vital to a law firm’s bottom line, and organizations that focus on developing their greatest asset (people) are more successful, what are you and your law firm doing to get ahead of the curve on thistrend?

This article originally appeared in the Raising the Bar Newsletter.