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Training and Development

Professional development and career training are core to what we do at Cahill. Close interaction between clients, partners, and associates fosters strong connections and accelerated career development for our associates and a strong community of lawyers. Our focus on bringing you individualized opportunities for growth, both formally and informally, will prepare you for a truly rewarding career.

Our Professional Development Committee works closely with our Education & Training Committee to make sure your development is always at the forefront of our focus. Together, they work to bring you timely, specialized programming as well as thoughtful feedback about your accomplishments to help you move successfully into greater responsibilities and challenges at each stage of your career.

We offer a formal mentoring program, coordinated by our Professional Development Committee, structured to provide customized support to you and thoughtful career advice from partners and more senior associates. Each associate has a partner mentor and, early in your career, one or two associate mentors at different levels of seniority. This kind of mentoring allows the Firm and the Professional Development Committee to maintain a real-time understanding of your career development, with partner and associate mentors providing support, encouragement, and advice throughout your career with the Firm. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the relationships between mentors and associates were particularly important as mentors were in regular contact with our associates, providing updates on the Firm, ensuring associates had the resources they needed to thrive in the work-from-home environment, and generally providing a point of contact between the Firm and our associates.

We offer formal career training throughout an associate’s time at Cahill. Our Education & Training Committee, oversees your ongoing legal education with a full schedule of practice area-focused training sessions targeted to associates at each step in their career development at Cahill, and our Associate Career Enhancement (ACE) Program, a series of seminars tailored to complement and strengthen your knowledge of the firm, career development and leadership skills.

Introduction to the ACE Program is affectionately nicknamed "Cahill Kickoff" for incoming entry-level associates. Specifically designed to prepare each new associate for life at Cahill as a practicing lawyer, the program pairs practice-focused seminars and workshops covering areas like writing briefs and legal memoranda, negotiations, legal research, securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions, with practical guidance on general areas such as leveraging the firm's resources to assist along the way. It’s a wonderful welcome to the Firm and a celebrated time for each incoming Class to enjoy together.

Additionally, ACE training and development seminars tailored to the needs of junior, mid-level and senior associates are offered on a regular basis. Associates in our corporate practice explore topics including drafting and negotiating public and private offerings and merger and acquisition documents, drafting and negotiating financing documents and understanding the accounting and financial disclosure rules applicable to public offerings. Our associates focused in litigation learn fundamental skills such as conducting research, responding to discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting memos, briefs and pleadings, arguing motions and trying cases. These seminars are carefully curated by our partners and constantly updated to bring you the most up-to-date offerings as you prepare for new responsibilities.

We also offer a full schedule of CLE programs, which address current developments germane to our practice and help each associate maintain active bar admission status.

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