Attorney Recruiting and Retention | Capehart Scatchard
Although the majority of our lawyers began their legal careers with us here at Capehart Scatchard, the Firm does hire a number of attorneys from other firms, corporations, and the public sector community on an as-needed basis. The diversity of our Firm community is a great source of its strength. Capehart Scatchard accepts and indeed welcomes employment applications from all interested qualified law students, judicial law clerks, and lateral attorneys. The nature of our practice dictates that we seek attorneys who demonstrate:
- an exemplary academic achievement
- excellent communications skills
- leadership potential and motivation to excel
- superior writing skills
- a teamwork mentality
- a level of high integrity and ethical values
When a new attorney joins the Firm, he or she is assigned to a practice area, depending on his or her interests and the Firm’s needs at the time. A supervising attorney is assigned to oversee professional development and to help guide the new attorney in his or her practice, as well as to conduct periodic reviews and evaluations. New associates are evaluated every six months during their first year and annually thereafter.
Our practice areas are large enough to allow autonomy in the daily work life yet still the right size to embrace the close attention and training from Firm shareholders; we feel we have found the balance to ensure our associates’ success in learning the legal ropes and becoming a highly qualified member of our team. One of the benefits of Capehart Scatchard’s training program is the hands-on experience associates will receive early on in their careers. Not only will they be given substantive work assignments, depending on their willingness and motivation, but they can also expect to have early and frequent client contact.
We recognize the importance of family responsibilities and community service, and encourage all our attorneys to become active in charitable, community, and professional organizations. Many of our attorneys are actively involved with local and state bar associations, regularly speak to business, legal and trade groups, serve on a number of civic and academic boards, and participate in a variety of professional associations. Capehart Scatchard believes that a well-rounded attorney is one who not only invests in the development of a long-term practice with the Firm but also who enjoys a fulfilling life outside the practice of law.