Time for Associates to Step It Up: 6 Things Law Firm Associates Can Do Today to Secure Their Jobs in a Recession
January 20, 2023
By: Lana J. Manganiello
“To be an appreciated team member, learn partners’ styles and preferences. When it comes to communication, ask at the onset how they prefer to be communicated with: Do they want you to just call when you have a question, send a text, ask via email, schedule time to discuss? Do they have a writing style you can learn from their redlined drafts? Do they prefer single spaces after sentences, or do they avoid using adjectives or adverbs? “The associates that I enjoy working with the most write intentionally ‘for me,’” said Mark T. Cramer, shareholder in Buchalter’s Los Angeles office and chair of the class action practice group. “They know what edits I am going to make; they know if they start a sentence with ‘however’ I am going to change it to ‘but,’ so they use ‘but’ when they write for me. It shows me that they care and they are learning, and that really differentiates them.”
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