Our partners devote significant time and energy to training and developing associates. The Odyssey Program is the firm’s formal mentoring program. All incoming associates are assigned an Odyssey Mentor when they join the firm. The Odyssey Mentor is a partner in the associate’s practice group who serves as a resource for the associate with respect to the associate’s integration to the firm, professional development goals, and other practice-related issues. The associate’s participation in this program continues for at least one year and until the associate receives his or her first annual evaluation. Our hope is that mentor relationships developed through the Odyssey Program continue informally.
In addition to the formal mentoring program, we find that frequently the most valuable mentoring relationships develop informally, through shared work experiences and shared interests. New associates also are assigned an associate liaison to assist with integration during the initial months at the firm.