Professional Development

Training and Professional Development

Lawyers succeed with training and personal and professional development opportunities. At BakerHostetler, these opportunities begin early on in an associate's career and continue through the partner level.

Associate Academy

Every first-year associate is invited to attend our Associate Academy within six months of joining the firm. From business development and communication skills to negotiation and legal writing, the Associate Academy provides targeted training for our first-year attorneys, while giving them the opportunity to meet and network with peers from other offices.

Eighteen first-year associates gathered in Cleveland in February for BakerHostetler’s 16th Annual Associate Academy, a four-day program featuring presentations from industry experts and a number of BakerHostetler partners, including Chairman Steven Kestner. 

The 2014 Associate Academy Class

Diverse Attorney Conference

Held every two years, BakerHostetler's Diverse Attorney Conference includes two days of small-group discussions, general sessions on a variety of professional development topics and multiple networking opportunities for attendees. More than 60 attorneys representing all of the firm's offices, as well as Executive Partner Steve Kestner and other members of firm management, attended the 2010 conference.

Werten F.W. Bellamy, Jr., founder of the annual "Charting Your Own Course" career development conference for minority attorneys was the keynote speaker, opening the conference with his presentation, "The Roadmap to Your Future—Your Career Trajectory."

The Women Partners Retreat allowed our women partners to not only benefit individually—from the sessions on leveraging personal strengths, personal marketing and business development—but also provided a forum for discussing firmwide initiatives with members of the firm's management team.

The momentum generated during the discussions of firmwide topics did not end with the retreat—it will act as a catalyst for our Women's Committee to be able to further define programs and initiatives that will support, educate, and promote women associates and partners within the firm.

Lisa Pennington, Office Managing Partner, Houston Office           

 
We also encourage our lawyers to participate in various local, regional, and national events that aim to advance the case for women in leadership roles in the legal profession. The firm continues to look for opportunities to sponsor programs whose goals match our own.

Lawyers in Leadership Positions

Our commitment to hiring, retaining, and promoting minority and women lawyers manifests itself in the significant number who currently hold management positions within the firm that include: Policy Committee Member, Office Managing Partner, Practice Team Leader, and Office Practice Group Coordinator.