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The Hiring Partner Conference

02/26/18 - 02/27/18
Houston, Texas

This invitation-only 1.5 day event, hosted by Vinson & Elkins LLP, brings together hiring partners from preeminent firms to understand current trends and developments in law firm recruiting. Participants will share best practices, hear from law school insiders and industry professionals, and gain new perspectives on the challenges and opportunities they face.

Working Agenda

Monday, February 26, 2018

11:00 am – 12:00 pm - Registration and Lunch

 12:00 pm – 12:15pm - Welcome Remarks - Thomas S. Leatherbury, Chair, The NALP Foundation

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm - Introductions – “What keeps you up at night?”

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm - Update on the Legal Employment Market - James Leipold, Executive Director, NALP


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Update on Associate Attrition: Findings from a National Study of Law Firm Associate Hiring and Departures, Tammy Patterson, President & CEO, The NALP Foundation


3:00 pm – 3:15 pm - Networking Break

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm - Keynote Address -- Best Practices and Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Women - Linda Chanow, Executive Director, Center on Women in Law


4:30 - Adjourn


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm - Cocktail Reception at Vic & Anthony’s Sponsored by Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Dinner at Vic &Anthony’s Hosted by The NALP Foundation

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

8:00 am – 8:45 am - Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:45 am - Insights from Law School Insiders: A candid discussion with law school deans and Career Services Office leaders on connecting with and recruiting candidates, recruiting guidelines, legal education, and challenges facing law schools today.


Dean Ward Farnsworth, University of Texas School of Law
Terrence J. Galligan, Assistant Dean for Career Development, UC Berkeley School of Law

Dean Nell Jessup Newton, Notre Dame Law School
Allison Hickey Regan, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations, University of Houston Law Center

Dean William M. Treanor, Georgetown University Law Center

9:45 am – 10:15 am - Small group discussion together with law school representatives

10:15 am – 10:30 am - Networking Break

10:30 am – 11:30 am - From the Lateral Lawyer’s Perspective: A moderated panel discussion with recent lateral associates and partners focusing on factors that influenced their decisions to join their new firms.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm - Entry-level v. Lateral Hiring: Striking the Right Balance for your Firm

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm - Lunch and small group discussions based on firm size


1:15 pm – 2:15 pmAddressing Legal and Ethical Issues and Avoiding Embarrassing Situations During the Recruitment Process


2:15 pm – 3:15 pm - Beyond the Typical Interview: Strengthening the Integrity and Effectiveness of Recruitment and Interviewing Practices

3:15 pm - Conference concludes

Conference Fees
Please register through the Foundation's bookstore at www.nalpfoundation.org/bookstore THE HIRING PARTNER CONFERENCE - REGISTER HERE. The regular conference rate of $1,995 is available until January 15, 2018, but availability is limited and registration may end before then. If space remains available, late registration is available after January 15, 2018 with a $300 late registration fee. The conference fee includes lunch and snacks on Monday, February 27 as well as cocktails sponsored by Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and dinner at a local restaurant that evening and breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Tuesday, February 27. The fee also includes one night at the Four Seasons Hotel with Wi-Fi internet access on Monday, February 26. Please note: the Houston Rodeo begins the week of February 27, 2018. Hotel rooms will be in high demand. Register soon to secure a room at the Four Seasons.

If you live in Houston or if you prefer to pay by check rather than credit card, have any dietary restrictions, or would like a hotel room for Sunday night as well, please email NALP Foundation SVP Jeremy Bloom at jbloom@nalpfoundation.org or call him at 734-585-0465.

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