Reed Smith has joined a handful of Am Law 100 firms that have dumped lockstep associate promotion and launched a new focus on associate training. The new program will divide associates into three tiers: junior, midlevel and senior. To advance, associates will need to meet a set of competencies. Courses will be available to help associates advance, and partners will be matched with associates to serve as career advisers. Reed Smith said it began work on the program 18 months ago, and it was not a response to the recession.
Reed Smith the Latest Big Firm to Drop Associate Lockstep
October 28, 2009