Each associate is teamed with one or two supervising partners. The primary role of the supervising partner is to assist the associate in his or her day-to-day development as an attorney and as an associate of Barrett & McNagny LLP. This includes working with the associate on workload, work assignments, proper billing and time keeping procedures, periodic review of the associate's yearly marketing plan, and the like. The supervising partner program is designed as a mentoring process that requires both the associate and the supervising partner to communicate with each other on a regular basis regarding all aspects of the practice of law.
Barrett & McNagny has an Associate Committee comprised of approximately seven partners who oversee the associate program for the firm. This committee oversees the mentoring process for the associates and has regular meetings with the associates to address any concerns they may have. In addition, the committee oversees the performance review process of our associates.
Each associate is evaluated two times during the year. A formal year-end evaluation is undertaken by the Associate Committee in December of each year with his or her mentoring partner and with a member of the Associate Committee. Each associate is given a summary of his or her year-end evaluation in December. A less formal mid-year evaluation occurs in July or August.
Associates collectively meet with members of the Associate Committee and other partners to discuss various business development-related issues and topics. While the Associate Committee is primarily responsible for developing the agenda for each meeting, associates are encouraged to recommend topics which may be of particular interest to them.
Associates are eligible for partnership after completing eight full calendar years of credited service. Partnership decisions are made by the full partnership upon recommendation from the firm's Executive Committee and are based upon a variety of factors including quality of legal work, productivity, business development ability, and personal character.
The firm assists the associates in complying with continuing legal education requirements by underwriting the costs to attend seminars. The firm also maintains an extensive law library, on-line research capabilities, subscription services and other legal educational materials relevant to the associate's practice.
Barrett & McNagny believes in supporting a balanced quality of life for our attorneys. We value and recognize the importance of professional, community, and family priorities. In fact, many firm and client events tend to be family-related activities.
We encourage Barrett & McNagny's associates to participate in firm-wide marketing activities and to attend firm-sponsored events. Our associates formulate and update an individual marketing plan with the assistance of our full-time marketing director. Associates are encouraged and assisted in becoming actively involved in the community through civic and nonprofit organizations. In addition to serving the community, civic involvement can assist associates in cultivating relationships and trust, in addition to cultivating the skills and contacts necessary to produce business.
Associates are invited to attend regularly scheduled business development luncheons, which are provided and designed for summer associates and associates. These luncheons provide valuable insight into various client service and business development issues, as well as allow associates to discuss marketing-related questions. These luncheons are also used to provide associates with information or skills needed to contribute positively to the Firm's business development and client retention efforts. In addition, associates participate in practice area-specific marketing groups to assist them in marketing those particular practice areas.