2 New 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
3 Law Firm Culture – The Basics Professor Roxanne Crocket ’03Graves & King
4 Office HoursProfessional DressYour Work SpaceFirst ImpressionsConfidentialityRelationships – Support StaffRelationships – Junior AttorneysRelationships – Work with more thanone Attorney
6 Professional Dress ASK DRESS like a lawyer OBSERVE EMULATE (best employee behavior)
7 Dressing 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
8 Dressing for a Deposition Pants or skirt suit, tie, appropriate shoes, even if deponent is casualAttorneys may remove their jacketsAvoid getting too casual
9 Dressing 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!
10 Business 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
11 Your Work Space Personalizing Do not make your office another “home” TelephonesAnsweringVoic
12 First Impressions Avoid being shy Friendly Conversational / ProfessionalEmployers considerations:ClientsCourtTrustFit
13 CONFIDENTIALITY Information about the Firm’s Clients . . . “Do I only know this information because I work here?”Then DO NOT repeat the information!
14 Relationships 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
15 Working Relationships Junior AttorneysEvaluating performance“Higher up”Source of advice and samplesGood reference
16 Working Relationships Senior AttorneysProfessional relationshipRespect their timeAsk questionsGood reference
17 Working Relationships PartnersThe Partner is always rightOrganize and present information briefly and conciselyNever say “Maybe,” “No,” or “No Thank You” to a partner
18 Work with More Than One Attorney Leave your comfort zoneAsk for workMingleBecome known
19 Attitude & Fit Issues Have a Learning Attitude Be a Team Player Be ConfidentBe appreciativeSmile and if you are happy, look like you are!
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