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December 28, 2011
Godfrey & Kahn has welcomed a number of new lateral and entry-level attorneys to the associate ranks in recent months. The orientation program they experienced is designed to build upon the firm's five core values: a powerful focus on client success, a trust in each other to give our best and do what's right, a culture of teamwork that helps us achieve more together than any of us could alone, and a work ethic and sense of integrity that makes success both possible and satisfying.
On their first day, the associates participated in a discussion led by members of the firm's Associates Committee. Topics covered included managing internal and external client expectations, handling difficult situations, keeping others informed and being an advocate for clients and team members. Next, over several months, the associates met weekly for a lunch hour presentation to continue to build upon the base of the firm's core values. During one session, Chris Noyes, co-team leader of the Corporate Practice Group, presented "best practices" on subjects including client service, work product, productivity and maintaining contacts. A panel comprised of secretaries, attorneys and human resource professionals described the importance of building a strong team and internal relationships. Another panel included associates who joined the firm last year, giving advice on the transition from law student to lawyer and sharing tips that helped them navigate their first year. Each session was designed to strengthen the bond among the new attorneys as well as share knowledge that would ensure a successful transition to the firm.
The orientation program provided our new associates with a solid foundation of the values that guide the practice of law at Godfrey & Kahn.