2New Attorney Boot Camp – Part I Part I: Law Firm Culture Professor Roxanne Crocket ‘03 Part II: , Social Networks & Events Professor Daniel Kramer ‘08 Part III: Law Firm Mechanics Professor Roxanne Crocket ‘03
3Law Firm Culture – The Basics Professor Roxanne Crocket ’03Graves & King
4Office HoursProfessional DressYour Work SpaceFirst ImpressionsConfidentialityRelationships – Support StaffRelationships – Junior AttorneysRelationships – Work with more thanone Attorney
6Professional Dress ASK DRESS like a lawyer OBSERVE EMULATE (best employee behavior)
7Dressing for a Court Appearance Pants/skirt suit, tie, shoesNo tight fitting attireWomen: Conservative shoes1– 2 inch heels maxGroomedAvoid being flashy if you are appearing before a juryAs you would for a job interview
8Dressing for a Deposition Pants or skirt suit, tie, appropriate shoes, even if deponent is casualAttorneys may remove their jacketsAvoid getting too casual
9Dressing for a Site Inspection Includes construction site, vehicle inspection, expert testingDress appropriately for the occasionWork shoes/sneakersWear a hard hat if requiredDress like an attorney and look professionalBe clean, groomed, wear a sport coat or nice jacketDo not dress like a slob!
10Business Casual Defined Start ConservativeAvoid Denim, T-shirts, short skirts, flip flops, sneakers & too much “bling”Do WearMen - Khaki pants & collared button down or polo shirt, nice shoesWomen – dress pants & nice blouse/sweater, shoes
11Your Work Space Personalizing Do not make your office another “home” TelephonesAnsweringVoic
12First Impressions Avoid being shy Friendly Conversational / ProfessionalEmployers considerations:ClientsCourtTrustFit
13CONFIDENTIALITY Information about the Firm’s Clients . . . “Do I only know this information because I work here?”Then DO NOT repeat the information!
14Relationships Support Staff Can Be Your Best Friend Abuse Secretaries SeniorityIn “Charge”Don’t become too friendlyKeep overly personal matters for friends outside of the work place
15Working Relationships Junior AttorneysEvaluating performance“Higher up”Source of advice and samplesGood reference
16Working Relationships Senior AttorneysProfessional relationshipRespect their timeAsk questionsGood reference
17Working Relationships PartnersThe Partner is always rightOrganize and present information briefly and conciselyNever say “Maybe,” “No,” or “No Thank You” to a partner
18Work with More Than One Attorney Leave your comfort zoneAsk for workMingleBecome known
19Attitude & Fit Issues Have a Learning Attitude Be a Team Player Be ConfidentBe appreciativeSmile and if you are happy, look like you are!