Managing Partners Forum

The instant statistical feedback during the Opening Session and the opportunity to share experiences with other firm leaders were great.

David E. Surprenant, Esq.
Mirick O'Connell DeMallie - Worcester, MA

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AGENDA


Thursday, October 3, 2019


9:30am         WELCOMING REMARKS 
                     What Smaller and Mid-Size Law Firms Can Do 

                     An introduction highlighting what the most current body of research is telling
                     us about young professionals and what they seek in their jobs and careers.
                     We’ll present recent MPF survey results about what smaller and mid-size law
                     firms are doing to invest in their future talent.

                     Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Legal Talent Expert
                     John Remsen, Jr., President and CEO, Managing Partner Forum

 
10:15am       YOUNG LAWYER PANEL DISCUSSION
                     What Tomorrow’s Lawyers Really Want

                     Learning from those who are living it is the best way to identify what your firm
                     can do to attract and keep legal talent. This panel of young lawyers will share
                     what attracts them to firms (i.e. culture, hours) and what keeps them there
                     (i.e. pathways to partnership, flexibility).

                     Panelists:
                     Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams (Moderator)
                     Alison R. Christian, Esq., Shareholder, Christian Dichter & Slyga, PC
                     Michael G. Karamat, Esq., Sr. Associate, Krevolin & Horst, LLC
                     Katherine A. Twardak, Esq., Sr. Associate, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC


11:00am       Coffee Break

11:15am       ROUNDTABLES/GROUP EXERCISES
                     Recruiting Strategies that Work

                     During this interactive session you will hear from recruiting experts and learn
                     from each other the best practices for finding and recruiting top talent.
                     Through peer to peer discussion, and candid instruction, and the materials
                     provided you will walk away with tangible strategies to enhance your recruiting
                     at all levels (entry-level, associate, and/or partner). 

                     Topics will include:

  • How to best develop and articulate your need
  • Effective approaches to get attorneys in the door to interview
  • Interviewing strategies that balance courting with effective and powerful due diligence
  • Other issues that arise during the recruiting process (counter-offers, compensation negotiations, etc.)

                      Facilitators:
                      John Remsen, Jr.
                      Dan Binstock, Esq., Partner, Garrison & Sisson, Inc.

                
12:30pm       NETWORKING LUNCHEON
                     During our networking lunch you will learn about tools and resources that are
                     available to help you create a system in your firm that supports recruiting
                     and retention efforts.             
      
                     Adam Stein, Vice President-Marketing, Micron Systems
                     James Scafidi, Jennifer Braue, Directors, Practising Law Institute


1:30pm         ROUNDTABLES/GROUP EXERCISE
                     Build It and They Will Come, Stay and Prosper

                     Once you have the talent the key is to retain them and support their career
                     path. In this session you will learn about the initiatives your firm can
                     implement that increase engagement and career satisfaction which effects
                     their longevity. You will leave with a plan that outlines the activities you can
                     implement at your firm. 

  •  Discuss the impact development programs have on retention
  •  Identify the wide array of development programs a firm can offer
  •  Learn examples of how to build development programs 
  •  Consider effective evaluation and feedback systems
  •  Brainstorm with other managing partners, what will work at YOUR firm

                      Facilitators:
                      Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams
                      Marlon Lutfiyya, JD, Dir. Talent & Diversity, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP
                   
2:30pm         Coffee Break                   

2:45pm         MANAGING PARTNER PANEL DISCUSSION
                     Building Firm Culture to Make It Happen

                     The final discussion of the day will be managing partners sharing with
                     managing partners about what they have seen work for their firms. They
                     will explain how they got their partners on board and what the results have
                     been related to attracting and retaining their top talent. 

  •  Discuss how this generation thrives on Transparency
  •  Comment on policies for work-life balance
  •  Does the firm care about a diverse work environment?
  •  ABA Wellness Initiative

                     Panelists:
                     John Remsen, Jr. (Moderator)
                     Donna J. Markus, Chief Operating Officer, Kopka Pinkus Dolin PC
                     Francisco Ramos, Jr., Esq., Managing Partner, Clarke Silverglate, PA


3:30pm         Networking Reception