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Professional Development

At Schnader, we value the people who work with us and realize that they are the foundation of our success. As we move forward into a new era of legal challenges, our focus is steadfast on the global community in which we live and work. While our lawyers, paralegals and staff work very hard, we are committed to quality of life issues and believe that a self-fulfilled lawyer makes a better lawyer. Our diverse backgrounds add perspective and creativity to our "lawyering." Every lawyer at Schnader knows that he or she must be a problem-solver for our clients.

Our success requires professional work and many kinds of skills beyond those of our lawyers. We look to hire paralegals, secretaries, staff and other professionals with the same commitment to hard work and excellence that our lawyers bring to the job.

At Schnader, we recruit and hire associates with the desire and expectation that they will stay with us. We are very serious about this; indeed, this philosophy is the foundation of our approach to associate development. From the first day an associate starts with us, we give priority to doing whatever is necessary to help that associate become an integral part of Schnader. We help our recent law school graduates transition from a successful law school career to becoming an accomplished practitioner in that person's chosen field of the law. And we help our laterals transition from their past professional success to new and exciting success with us. By doing this, we not only help the individual attorney accelerate his or her professional development, but also build a strong nucleus of attorneys that equips us to provide the best, most cost effective service to our clients.

Development activities take many forms, such as formal and informal training, mentoring, active participation in a wide variety of representations, involvement in professional and community activities, and close involvement with clients and industry leaders in the attorney's practice area. Successful design and management of associate development activities requires active and sustained attention of the Firm's leadership. At Schnader, we formed an Associate Professional Development Committee, with direct reporting responsibility to the Firm's managing partner, to actively manage and coordinate associate development.

Without a doubt, our attorneys are our most valuable resource. As we have carefully grown nationwide, we have steadfastly adhered to our core professional and personal values -- excellence in the practice of law, high ethical standards, responsiveness to our clients, balance in our personal and professional lives, and service to the communities in which we work and live.

As you read on, you should get a good idea of what it would be like to practice law here with us.