Apr 10, 2022
We speak all the time on this podcast about the many ways, lawyers can advance their careers and find more satisfaction in an out of the law. If you at a law firm that emphasizes professional development, chances are, you are learning how to be successful in your practice area.
If you are fortunate to have a good mentor, perhaps you are also learning how to succeed at your firm and maybe how to begin to build your own practice. But if you are like most law firm associates, it is on you to decide what direction you want your career to go. Career counseling has not traditionally been provided by your employer. That was for your law school career services office.
But if you have been practicing for a few years, maybe you are unsure what comes next. Is partnership in your future? SHOULD you be building a practice? Is in-house an option and how do you get there? Is an alternative legal career in your future? Do you want to leave the practice of law altogether?
Most law firms leave those questions for you to figure out on your own (or by seeking out resources outside of your firm). But there are several firms that have now brought that function in-house. In this episode, I am very pleased to bring in one of the pioneers of the field of law firm career counseling, Kevin Agnew.
Kevin Agnew is Director of Attorney Career Services at Latham & Watkins an international law firm with almost 3000 lawyers. He runs the firm's Career Design program and oversees the global alumni program. In a confidential coaching environment, he works with attorneys on the full range of career issues. Kevin also is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where he was named Adjunct Professor of the Year in in 2017.
Kevin shares valuable career advice for associates and describes how Latham has embraced the notion that there can be different definitions of success (and that each of these paths can be benefit attorneys and their firm).