NALP and ALI CLE Video Webcasts

Archived Webcasts

Missed the live webcast? NALP and ALI CLE (formerly ALI-ABA) are pleased to provide you the on-demand versions of our past video webcasts for PD and recruiting professionals. This exciting series of online learning opportunities is now conveniently available at your desktop. Tuition includes a set of electronic course materials, as well as access to the online program.

Up, Down, and All Around: Using 360-Degree and Other Feedback Surveys in Lawyer Development
(Originally recorded on April 3, 2013)
Dr. Larry Richard, a leading authority in the psychology of lawyer behavior, and Molly Peckman, the Director of Professional Development at Dechert LLP, shared the three main uses for multi-rater feedback tools, the single most important factor in the success or failure of a 360-degree implementation, tips for how to make your program successful, the nuts and bolts of how 360-degree programs work, and when not to use a 360-degree approach.

From Off-Boarding to Onward-Boarding: Maximizing the Start of the Law Firm Alumni Relationship
(Originally recorded on April 4, 2012)
Your alumni are your assets! Get a multi-level strategy to build valuable law firm alumni relationships from the start. Both your current and former lawyers are valuable prospective alumni contacts, regardless of seniority, partnership potential, or performance. To capitalize on their value, law firms must create a culture of lasting friendship and ongoing professional connection between the organization and its people. When planning for lawyer departures from the firm, the timeline is critical: if managed properly, strategic steps taken during the final months and weeks at the firm, as well as soon after a lawyer's departure, promote productive ongoing relationships and increase the likelihood that the departing lawyer will become a client and a “friend of the firm” in the short and long term. Inadequate planning and a haphazard approach, on the other hand, may negatively impact the alumni relationship and limit future potential opportunities. Featuring Jennifer Greiner, Erika Schreiber, and Norma Cirincione, this video webinar will teach you what you need to know about alumni relationships.

Developing High-Performing Associates: Critical Skills for Success
(Originally recorded on May 3, 2012)
Law firms are under pressure to quickly develop high-performing associates in order to stay competitive and serve clients. What characteristics distinguish high-performing associates from average-performing associates, and how do you develop them? Legal knowledge and technical skills are a given. But other professional skills and attributes can make the difference between average and outstanding lawyers. This group of skills – often labeled “soft” skills, but more aptly described as “critical” skills – are not typically taught in law school, and are sometimes harder to gain than substantive knowledge and expertise. What are these skills, can they be taught, and how? In this video webinar, nationally recognized lawyer development experts Heather Bock and Lori Berman discuss the results of a unique research study to distill the professional characteristics and behaviors distinguishing the highest-performing associates in an AmLaw 200 firm. See what indicators were identified, hear why certain skills and behaviors can make a difference, and find out how to teach these skills to your associates.

  • Heather Bock, Center of the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law Center
  • Lori Berman, Hogal Lovells

Coaching Your Lawyers in Business Development
1.5 hours (Originally recorded on January 24, 2012)
Professional development professionals know that the ability to develop business is critical to a lawyer’s success at a firm. Yet many lawyers are resistant to the concept of business development because they don’t have time, they are uncomfortable with the process, or they believe that doing good work is enough. How do you convince attorneys they need to develop these skills? More importantly, how do you get them to act intentionally and proactively to leverage their marketing efforts to develop new business?

  • Tracy LaLonde, Akina Corporation

Leadership in Practice: How Firms Can Help Partners Develop Leadership Skills
1.5 hours (Originally recorded on May 26, 2011)
This session addresses the methods through which law firms can create practical leadership skills among their partners and can then go on to develop leaders — and a pipeline of potential leaders — for practice and industry groups, client teams, and the firm. Topics include identifying the goals and behaviors that characterize leadership in a law firm; practical differences between managing and leading; essential skills for leaders of practice and industry groups and client teams; why all partners need more leadership skills to thrive in a competitive market; succession planning and developing a pipeline of potential leaders; how to design effective leadership development programs; and how to begin building leadership attitudes and skills among associates.

  • Steve Armstrong, Firm Leader, Inc.
  • Tim Leishman, Firm Leader, Inc.

LPM Update: Lessons Learned in Implementing Legal Project Management
1.5 hours (Originally recorded on March 15, 2011)
Legal project management (LPM) has become a critical skill for lawyers in today's challenging economic climate, and real-world lessons are emerging as law firms grapple with how to implement their LPM initiatives smoothly, effectively, and within budget. Topics include tactics for developing strong commitment and sponsorship from firm leadership; the comparative advantages or challenges of full-immersion approaches versus more measured pilot programs; the enormous power of involving clients in LPM; and much more.

  • Pamela Woldow, General Counsel and consultant at Edge International, LLC

Partners in Transition: Best Practices for Recruiting, Integrating, and Retaining Lateral Partners
2 hours (Originally recorded on January 20, 2011)
Law firm leaders consider lateral partner hiring and retention integral to their strategic plan. Hear the latest from a distinguished faculty with a wealth of experience in identifying, recruiting, integrating, and retaining lateral partners. Get current research data on lateral hiring today and learn best practices for finding — and keeping — valuable lateral partners. Tuition includes a set of electronic course materials, as well as access to the online program.

  • Jon R. (Jay) Harris, Partner, King & Spalding LLP
  • Lisa S. Keyes, Professional Development Partner, King & Spalding LLP
  • Kelly Largey, Chief Marketing Officer, Fish & Richardson PC

Leaving Lockstep: Moving Toward Competency-Based Compensation
2 hours (Originally recorded on: July 21, 2009)
Many law firms are considering transitioning from a lockstep compensation and advancement model to a more competency based system. Implementing such a change requires answering many questions to establish new best practices. Join us for this webcast to learn how firms can best manage such a transition and implement an advancement and compensation system that works. Topics will include making the case for a merit/ competency-based system; defining competencies; connecting the system to evaluations, training and mentoring; and implementing, explaining, and monitoring the new system.

  • Peter Sloan, Partner, Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP and author of From Lockstep to Levels, Classes to Competencies
  • Tammy Patterson, CEO/President, The NALP Foundation
  • Jennifer Queen, Chief Recruitment and Development Officer, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

E-Due Diligence in Law Firm Hiring: A Look at the Issues
2 hours (Originally recorded on: April 21, 2009)
E-due diligence is a term that did not exist 10 years ago. Now it is a concept that both legal employers and career counselors are grappling with each year.  Should employers examine on-line information on job candidates? And if they do, what issues do they need to consider and what policies should they adopt?  This webcast will address these cutting-edge issues and explore the point at which e-due diligence could become unlawful, how to determine the accuracy and reliability of information found online, whether the policies concerning internet searches of candidates might be applied to employees, and what law students need to know about legal employers’ e-due diligence practices.

  • Nancy Berry, Director of Legal Recruiting, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Linda M. Doyle, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Paula Nailon, Assistant Dean for Professional Development, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Managing Legal Talent: Best Practices in Lawyer Career Development
3 hours (Originally recorded on: March 12, 2009)
Lawyer career development and career counseling have emerged as highly effective approaches to managing the acquisition and retention of legal talent. This webcast will show you why and how law firms are implementing the career development model, how to integrate career development within your own existing professional development program, and how to make the case for a career development program at your firm.

  • Stephen V. Armstrong, Director of Career Development, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Kris Butler, Senior Program Manager, Career Development, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Marcia P. Shannon, Principal, Shannon & Manch LLP

Strategic Outplacement for Associates and Partners
2 hours (Originally recorded on: January 30, 2009)
This informative and timely webcast will address how to effectively and strategically implement an outplacement process that benefits your firm, your lawyers and your clients. From both in-firm and outplacement counselor’s perspectives, this timely webinar gives you expert advice for developing, implementing, and managing outplacement support for associates and partners and offers practical strategies for managing some of the difficult staffing situations firms face in this economic climate, including lawyer layoffs and limited client opportunities for your lawyers.

  • Susan Manch, Principal, Shannon & Manch, L.L.P.
  • Kari Anne Tuohy, Principal, KAT Consulting

Managing Law Firm Recruitment and Retention in a Downturn
2 hours (Originally recorded on: August 5, 2008)
In an uncertain economy, making the right decisions about lawyer recruitment and retention is more difficult — and more critical — than ever. This timely program provides insightful suggestions, practical tips, and best practices to help you attract and keep the right talent in a tight economy. Topics include managing present lawyer capacity, handling oversubscription, communicating the "downturn" message, managing student and media information, maintaining your firm’s recruiting prowess, and building confidence with lateral associates.

  • Thomas S. Leatherbury, Partner and Employment Committee Chair, Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • Tammy A. Patterson, CEO/President, The NALP Foundation

Roadmap for Women Lawyers' Success
Three hours (Originally recorded on: January 22, 2008)
More and more women are entering the legal profession. But are they reaching their full potential? This incisive, solution-oriented program gives you practical answers to this often difficult question by providing real-world approaches to the career development of women lawyers.

  • Linda Bray Chanow, Director of Research, Project for Attorney Retention
  • Cynthia Thomas Calvert, Co-Director, Project for Attorney Retention, and Deputy Director and General Counsel, WorkLife Law

Meeting the Challenges of Lateral Integration
3 hours (Originally recorded on: January 8, 2008)
Finding the right lateral talent is only the first challenge. This engaging and informative video webcast is a must-see for those involved with associate and partner lateral integration and provides practical ideas to consider when developing or fine-tuning your own lateral integration plan and professional development program.

  • Anne Bowen, Director of Partner & Counsel Integration, Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.
  • Jeffrey Gilbert, Shareholder in Charge of Professional Development, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Caren Ulrich Stacy, Director of Professional Development, Arnold & Porter LLP

Professional Development 101-102
3 hours (Originally recorded on: October 24, 2007)
Receive tips and tools that you can apply immediately to your PD responsibilities in this insightful and practical program.  Whether you are new or whether you have acquired new responsibilities in PD, this program is the essential skill-builder you need. Topics include associate orientation, training, training needs assessments, MCLE compliance, evaluation processes, mentoring programs, and alumni relations.

  • Tammy Patterson, Director of Recruiting & Professional Development, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
  • Caren Ulrich Stacy, Firmwide Director of Professional Development, Arnold & Porter LLP


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