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Ida Abbott Consulting LLC

The rapid growth of law firms and fierce competition for top legal talent have combined to convince successful law firms of the need for increased emhasis on attorney professional development. This compilation of articles by Ida Abbott addresses key facets of professional development. Numerous examples of innovative "best practices" complement the author's analyses of attorney professional development needs in law firms today.

As associates leave their firms in record numbers, one of the most frequently cited reasons for departures is perceived lack of opportunity for professional development. The practices suggested in Developing Legal Talent can not only prepare associates to better meet their clients' needs but also help stem the tide of attrition.

Paperback – 251 pages (2001); ISBN: 1557330301

Table of Contents

  • Building Trust in the Law Firm
  • Talk About Training
  • Can Lawyers Learn to Lead
  • The Law Is Not Enough: Business Training for Lawyers
  • Getting Along to Get Ahead: Improving Lawyers’ Interpersonal Skills
  • How Am I Doing? Feedback for Lawyers
  • Evaluating Your Evaluations
  • Lawyer Maintenance: Protecting the Firm's Principal Assets
  • New Approaches to Mentoring
  • Mentoring Plays a Key Role in Retaining Attorneys of Color
  • Increasing Associate Retention Through Professional Development
  • Bridging Today's Generation Gap: How Law Firms Can Keep Talented Associates
  • Money Can’t Buy Commitment
  • Integrating Lateral Attorneys
  • Achieving Parity: Women's Self-help Efforts
  • Getting Connected: Networking for Lawyers
  • "Happy Lawyer" is Not an Oxymoron