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North America Innovative Lawyers 2017: Managing and Developing Talent - Law firms and legal service providers

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StandoutPaul Hastings98724In an attempt to tackle the failings of a pyramid model of training aimed towards achieving partnership positions, the firm altered its model to a more personalised approach. This allows lawyers to eschew promotion to partnership and incorporates secondments with clients and specialist training.
StandoutSeyfarth Shaw78823The firm piloted a version of American football’s Rooney Rule in its labour and employment department, and interviewed at least one minority candidate for all associate positions. This approach has helped raise the firm’s intake of women, ethnic minority and LGBT+ professionals, to 44 per cent in 2017.
Highly CommendedHogan Lovells87722The firm has launched the first in-house counselling service in a major US law firm, offering a holistic approach that includes access to in-house psychologists and financial counselling.
Highly CommendedWeil, Gotshal & Manges78722An app for alumni posts in-house job opportunities in real time, allowing applicants to see vacancies in their network and apply easily.
Highly CommendedPaul Hastings77721Working with Gensler, the architectural firm, became one of the first US law firms to move to a totally open-plan environment with its New York Office. The result is a cost-effective and collaborative space.
CommendedLatham & Watkins77620The firm created an open-plan, tech-enabled new working environment on a floor of its New York office, in collaboration with architects Gensler. The design also includes nursing and treadmill rooms.
CommendedSeyfarth Shaw77620The firm has launched a wellbeing and resilience initiative, which includes new performance training and mentoring programmes, career support and new technology tools to support employees. Performance indicators point to falls in rates of depression, anxiety and stress and an increase in working effectiveness.
CommendedWhite & Case67619A new internal communications scheme has increased employee engagement by allowing staff to be involved in the development and implementation of strategy across the business. This approach includes various online tools, a global strategy forum and extensive buy-in from the firm’s leadership.
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