Miles & Stockbridge, a 230+ lawyer firm with seven offices in the Mid-Atlantic region, seeks a Director of Recruitment and Professional Development to be responsible for full lifecycle recruitment of law students, newer lawyers, and lateral lawyers. Must be able to collaborate with firm leaders on recruitment, growth, diversity, professional development, on-boarding, and civic engagement. Should be an innovative and creative thinker skilled at identifying areas for improvement and conceiving forward-thinking initiatives.
Manage full lifecycle recruitment process of lawyers, law students, and paralegals. Oversee candidate sourcing via social media, internet searches, referrals, informational interviews, and cold calling to attract and hire top-notch talent.
Review and analyze all resumes submitted to the firm for lawyers and legal assistants to determine whether interviews are appropriate.
Interview candidates, negotiate and extend offers, perform due diligence and oversee disposition of candidates in applicant tracking system.
Partner with Conflicts Counsel regarding conflicts for new hires.
Draft offer letters.
Establish and maintain relationships with search firms, professional recruiting organizations, and career services professionals at law schools.
Devise growth strategies with President, Chairman, Chief Marketing Office, and Practice Group Leaders to acquire firms, practice groups, and partner-level lawyers.
Work with Chair of Associates Committee to consider changes to associate compensation system. Conduct or oversee periodic market surveys and interact with firm lawyers to collect input.
Work with Firm’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion on firm’s diversity pipeline programs and initiatives relating to the recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers. Assist with outreach to diverse students.
Assist with lateral integration and onboarding, including new lawyer orientation. Coordinate with administrative teams.
Oversee drafting of new hire paperwork, orientation materials, and collaborate with marketing as needed on welcome memoranda.
On Campus Recruitment and Fall Recruitment
Manage registration process for law schools’ on campus interview programs.
Assist in selection of lawyers to send to on-campus interviews; prepare interview teams for call-back interviews.
Review and analyze all resumes submitted to the firm and assist in selection of students to be interviewed.
Oversee administrative aspects of call-back process, e.g., communicate with students regarding interviews, arrange for reimbursements, travel arrangements, etc.
Summer Associate Program Management
Manage summer associate program for law students, including planning and executing education forums and social events; monitoring workflows; and counseling law students.
Assist Chair of Recruitment Committee and President of the Firm and other lawyers in the process of determining offers to be made to summer associates based upon entry-level needs of practice groups and offices.
Communicate with summer associates before program regarding administrative information; oversee handling of all internal administrative tasks for summer associates.
Participate with Chairman of Recruitment Committee and Project Coordinators in mid-summer and end-of-summer evaluations.
Pro Bono and Civic Engagement
Co-manage Firm’s Pro Bono Advocate Program.
Promote pro bono opportunities and act as liaison with law schools and legal services providers.
Coordinate lunch-and-learn presentations for public service organizations.
Monitor Firm’s pro bono billable hour policy.
Mentoring & Professional Development
Work with Practice Group Leaders and other lawyers in the firm to design, update, and administer education and other trainings for the firm’s associates and other non-principal lawyers.
Collaborate on firm’s formal mentoring program.
Coordinate and administer firm’s associate evaluation process.
Manage the activities of the Communication Leadership Group in collaboration with Mentoring Chair.
Arrange monthly non-principal peer-to-peer mentoring meetings and yearly non-principal spring update meeting.
Miles & Stockbridge is a leading law firm with more than 230 lawyers representing businesses of various sizes, from national and global Fortune 500 companies to local and emerging businesses. Founded in 1932, our firm operates in seven mid-Atlantic offices, located across Maryland and in Washington, D.C. and Tysons Corner, Virginia.
With our core values as a foundation, Mil...es & Stockbridge is carrying out our 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan by building on strengths, achieving operational excellence, and creating a distinctive Client Experience.
At the heart of Miles & Stockbridge’s core values is a commitment to a culture that fosters excellence, integrity, respect, compassion, diversity, and teamwork. Miles & Stockbridge has historically enjoyed an outstanding workplace culture. There is very little hierarchical distinction made between our associates and principals on a day-to-day basis. We staff matters leanly and give our younger associates responsibility at an earlier stage in their career than our counterparts. It is noteworthy that more than 20 of our lawyers have returned to Miles & Stockbridge following departures to other firms or businesses.
We have a vibrant and dedicated support staff that contributes to our success in some extraordinary ways. Staff members participate on our client teams. In addition, our colleagues have an ardent “internal” service ethic that complements our external client service focus. Colleagues treat other colleagues who ask them for assistance in their area of expertise with the same level of urgency and responsiveness we bring to our “external” clients. Our industry teams, which include lawyers from varied practice groups across all offices, also foster this collaborative, team-minded approach to the practice of law.
We intend to create a unique client experience across the entirety of each interaction with our firm's people, services, and settings. In that regard, we hired Ed Bodensiek last year in a new chief client experience officer role to lead this initiative.
Our mission and purpose exemplifies our commitment to client service and to our colleagues: our clients and colleagues are the heart of the matter. We solve problems, with passion, because to us it’s personal. We go the extra mile.
Diversity & Inclusion
Miles & Stockbridge supports diversity and inclusion in a multitude of ways. We intentionally seek to increase the number of lawyers of color, women and LGBT lawyers and foster their professional and leadership development. In addition to our diverse board of directors, many other women and lawyers of color are in leadership positions and are members of our firm’s key internal committees. Our firm supports three active affinity groups—one for women lawyers, one for lawyers of color, and one for our Jewish lawyers and colleagues. We are in the process of forming an affinity group for our LGBT lawyers.
Making Miles & Stockbridge more diverse is a key strategic objective. In 2015, our firm implemented a policy requiring that we interview at least one woman, minority or LGBT lawyer for each open position. Since 2015, Miles & Stockbridge has hired a total of 50 lawyers and patent agents, 21 of whom were diverse, and 26 of whom were women. Our lawyers of color comprise 15% of our total lawyers and our women lawyers comprise 35% of our total lawyers, both of which are above the national averages for firms our size. In 2016, Miles & Stockbridge hired our first-ever full-time Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Demetria Johnson, whose role is to work with firm leaders in the hiring, retention, business development efforts and promotion of our diverse lawyers.
Among its recognition in the realm of diversity, Miles & Stockbridge has been named the #2 firm nationally in Law360’s “Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys” list. The firm was recognized for its strong representation by black lawyers, including principals. In 2016, the firm was honored as the “Most Inclusive Law Firm for Minority Business” by the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association and earned the President’s Award for Diversity from the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC).