Fall 2006 | Vol 2, Issue 4 | Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. | www.gklaw.com
This Issue Self-development Skills are Among the Keys to Success
| Two Attorneys Luncheon sessions help attorneys take charge of their careers
Recognized as Madison
Area Leaders of Jon Anderson, chair of Godfrey & Kahn’s Labor & Self-Development Tips
Tomorrow Employment Team, has learned a lot throughout It became apparent very early in Jon’s career that
his career beyond absorbing substantive areas of the he didn’t learn everything he needed to know in
| G&K City Focus: law. Opening an office in an unfamiliar town when law school. As a newly minted lawyer, he
Washington, DC he was only two years out of law school, moving approached a senior attorney and asked him what
| University of Iowa across the state to Madison and adapting to this he should know after his first, second and third
Student Outreach new market, and accepting the position of team years. From this conversation, Jon made a list to
Prepares Law Students for leader rank among his most notable learning ensure he received the experiences he needed to be
Summer Associate opportunities. For Jon, self-development has successful. He also quickly learned that everything
Interview Process become something of a habit born of necessity. changes, so he needed to continually reassess his
skills. Based on his experiences, Jon offers the
| Recruiting Committee In fact, G&K has identified self-development as following tips:
Undergoes Targeted one of a number of important competencies for its
Interview Training attorneys. These competencies all fall within the • Look for opportunities to grow. Do things that
| 2006 Associate categories of strategic skills, operating skills, fall outside your comfort zone.
Orientation Program courage, energy and drive, organizational • Write down a plan for the future and define your
positioning, personal and interpersonal skills, and developmental needs.
| Timber Rattlers Summer are addressed in greater detail in the firm’s • Trust the process. Give it some time. It’s an
Associate Outing Attorney Development Program. (See fall 2005 investment in yourself.
issue of The Recruiter for additional information.)
| Fall Recruiting Christine, who credits Jon with much of what she
Receptions a Long- In order to familiarize all attorneys with some of the has learned about self-development, said it helped
standing G&K Tradition key competencies and learn the “language” of the her to identify her weaknesses and connect them to
| Passing the Teaching Attorney Development Program, the firm has an action plan with deadlines. She highlighted a
Torch launched a set of seven “What Every Attorney number of ways she has learned:
Should Know” luncheon sessions. The first session,
held in late September 2006, covered the • To improve her strategic skills, she made a list of
competency of self-development, which falls under present and future projects, then asked the
the category of personal and interpersonal skills. attorneys she would be working with if she could
sit in on the meetings where strategy
Someone who is skilled in the self-development development would take place. (She noted that
competency: labor & employment attorneys are often brought
• Is committed to and actively works to in toward the tail end of a project.) The result is
continuously improve himself or herself; that she is now able to act on issues much more
• Understands that different situations may call for quickly and effectively.
different skills and approaches; • She targeted specific attorneys to help her
• Works to deploy strengths; and develop her skills. For example, she asked Jon,
• Works on compensating for weaknesses who is adept at persuasive writing, if he could
and limitations. offer her some pointers on this particular skill.
• When asking for feedback, she expected brutal
According to Kathy Schroeder, G&K’s Training honesty—and made the other attorney providing
Manager, session presenters are G&K attorneys the feedback as comfortable as possible when
who have served the Attorney Development doing so.
Program in some capacity (either as a participant or
mentor) and demonstrate the particular She sought additional training by reading books,
competency well. Christine Liu McLaughlin, a attending seminars, or researching topics online.
labor & employment shareholder who participated “It was time well-invested,” she said. “Self
in the firm’s Attorney Development Program, and development will take you to a higher level,”
Jon Anderson, who served as her mentor concluded Christine. “Make a plan and stick to it.
throughout the program, presented on the self- It will be worth it in the end.”
development topic. (Continued on Page 2)
Two Attorneys Recognized as Madison Area Leaders of Tomorrow
Two Godfrey & Kahn attorneys from the firm’s Employment Practice Groups, and Thomas N.
Madison office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn, have Shorter, a shareholder in the firm’s Employment,
been named among In Business Madison Health Care and Education Practice Groups.
magazine’s “40 Executives Under 40,” which
features the Madison area leaders of tomorrow.
Included in the listing are: Rochelle H. Klaskin, a
member of the firm’s Corporate and Labor & Rochelle Thomas
G&K City Focus: Washington, DC
Located midway along the eastern seaboard of the United States, National Mall is a large, open area in the center of the city
the Washington, DC metropolitan area includes the District of featuring many monuments to American leaders; it also serves to
Columbia, plus seven Maryland counties, five Virginia counties connect the White House and the United States Capitol buildings.
and six Virginia cities. Located prominently in the center of the Mall is the Washington
Washington DC’s primary industry after the federal government is Monument. Other notable points of interest near the Mall include
tourism. Other important industries include trade associations, as the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano
Washington, DC is home to more associations than any other US Roosevelt Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Korean
city; law; higher education; medicine/medical research; War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the District
government-related research; and publishing. of Columbia War Memorial, the Albert Einstein Memorial and the
Washington, DC, boasts numerous national landmarks and is one
of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The
University of Iowa Student Outreach Prepares Law Students for Summer Associate
Members of the Godfrey & Kahn team were invited to participate Kelly and Angie were thrilled to be part of this progressive
in the University of Iowa’s On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Camp program. “The program really demonstrates the law school’s
in early August in Iowa City. The three-day program was designed commitment to assist their students through a very stressful, yet
by the Law School’s Career Service Office to help prepare their critical time in beginning their careers as lawyers,” Kelly said.
second-year law students for the summer associate interview
process that takes place each fall. The firm’s Manager of Attorney The University of Iowa plans to continue with the program for
Recruiting, Kelly Conrardy, presented two topics on the opening future law student classes. “This has been a fantastic experience for
day of the camp: “Getting the Offer: An Explanation of the our students. It’s one thing for us to teach law students about the
Recruiting Process from Beginning to End” and “Dressing for recruiting process, but to learn about the process from professionals
Success.” Angela Rogers, an attorney in Godfrey & Kahn’s like Kelly seems to have a greater impact on our students,”
Shanghai office, also participated by conducting mock interviews explained Craig Spitzer, University of Iowa Career Services
with the students on the last day of the program. Assistant. “Kelly gave an amazing presentation and we cannot
thank her and the firm enough for that loyal support.”
Self-development Skills are Among the Keys to Success
(Continued from front page)
Other luncheon topics include: • Interpersonal savvy and peer relationships;
• Planning and time management; • Political savvy; and
• Organizing and priority setting; • Career management.
• Delegation, directing and developing others;
Recruiting Committee Undergoes Targeted Interview Training
Godfrey & Kahn’s Recruiting Committee recently While the on-campus interviewer had access to
collaborated with Interview Consultant Jim the grades on the front end, the committee could
Kennedy from Management Team Consultants, view grades only in the committee meeting after
Inc. to develop competency-based behavioral they conducted their interview, eliminating any
interviewing techniques. Mr. Kennedy is a biases solely based on academic performances. By
leading authority on attorney selection using interviewing techniques to probe for
interviewing and helps organizations focus on repeated evidence of behavioral competencies Timber Rattlers
recruiting and hiring diverse talent. The Firm such as innovation, self-confidence and initiative,
recognizes the principle that past and present the committee could evaluate candidates based on Summer Associate
behavior is the best predictor of future solid predictions about future on-the-job
performance. While grades are an important performances. The Recruiting Committee
indictor of one’s ability to master fundamental believes this was invaluable training in recruiting Our 2006 summer associates
principles, it is not the only factor that should be diverse talent to the firm. enjoyed an outing with our
considered in a candidate’s evaluation. Appleton office attorneys at a
Timber Rattlers game. The
For the first time this fall, Godfrey & Kahn’s
Tiber Rattlers are a minor
Recruiting Committee did not distribute
league baseball team.
transcripts to interviewers during the 2007
Summer Associate Program recruiting process.
2006 Associate Orientation Program
Godfrey & Kahn is pleased to announce the covers a broad range of topics, including: general
addition of 23 associate attorneys who joined the expectations; the review process; compensation;
firm in 2006 and recently participated in the billing; professional responsibility; community
Associate Orientation Program. involvement; pro bono work; and Continuing
Legal Education (CLE). The program also
Milwaukee Office includes an internal networking component,
Robyn E. Arnold, Corporate; Debra L. including introductions to individual team
Baesemann, Real Estate; Jeffrey S. Billings, Estate members during a luncheon, a dinner reception
Planning; Kristi J. Hinner, Intellectual Property; with members of the firm’s Associates Committee,
Antonia M. Holland, Intellectual Property; and introductions to G&K employees during a
Melissa J. Malecki, Real Estate; John R. welcome reception.
McDonald, Corporate; Tom O’Day, Labor &
Employment; Andrew S. Oettinger, Litigation; G&K’s ongoing commitment to associate training
Anne Pillard, Tax; Michele L. Racadio, Securities; and development includes a comprehensive
John Swimmer, Indian Nations Law; and Kasey A. associate training and development program,
Wroblewski, Corporate. which focuses on career development issues such
as business development and client relations skills.
Madison Office, LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn As part of this continued training, associates are
Adam C. Briggs, Political Law; Bryan J. Cahill, invited to attend monthly firm-wide meetings in
Litigation; Kelly M. Gallagher, Corporate; Rea which various complex legal issues are discussed
Holmes, Corporate and Litigation; Rebecca K. and explained for the benefit of all of our
Mason, Litigation; Jed A. Roher, Corporate; and attorneys. They are also invited to attend a series
Tax; and Patricia L. Wheeler, Litigation. of luncheon sessions to learn about a number of
competencies that the firm finds desirable in its
Appleton Office attorneys. These competencies can help lead the
Laura B. Henderson, Corporate and Real Estate. attorney to a successful career at G&K. (See “Self-
development Skills are Among the Keys to
Green Bay Office Success” on Page 1 for more information.)
Lindsay B. Fasula, Corporate and Real Estate, and
Timothy J. Feldhausen, Corporate. A legal career at G&K is more than legal briefs
and contracts. With our team-based approach to
The Associate Orientation Program involves business, we offer our associates the training and
basic training that is designed to help new opportunities to learn, network and build a
associates function immediately at the firm. The successful career.
orientation is presented in early September and
Fall Recruiting Receptions a Long-standing G&K Tradition
During the firm’s Summer Associate Program
interviewing process, G&K shareholders host
hour-long receptions at their homes to give
students the opportunity to meet additional
attorneys with whom they may have not had the
opportunity to interview with throughout the day.
Passing the Teaching Torch
Each summer the practice groups at G&K plan firm. Mike acted as the defense attorney
educational, social and networking events for questioning the deponent, Jonathan acted as
summer associates. Among numerous popular the plaintiff’s attorney, and G&K summer
events is the Litigation Team’s, “How to Take a associate Debra Lange played the plaintiff.
Deposition,” a mock deposition session that Mike asked the deponent various questions
provides summer associates a hands-on that would commonly be asked in an
opportunity to learn valuable skills that they employment lawsuit and the summer associate
will use in their legal careers. responded accordingly.
Shareholders John Kirtley and Dan Flaherty Mike and Jonathan wrapped up the session using
have presented this program to generations of the mock deposition as a basis for questions from
summer associates. This year they passed the the summer associates. The group discussed
torch to Litigation Team members Mike Huitink styles used in taking depositions, how to prepare
and Jonathan Ingrisano, both senior associates. a witness, what is important to remember when
representing the plaintiff or the defense, and
Mike and Jonathan started the session with a also interesting anecdotal stories that illustrated
presentation of deposition basics: how they important points.
work, what they are used for, how to prepare for
them, and how they fit into the big picture of “I think that prior to this session the summer
lawsuits. Then the mock deposition began. associates had the perception that depositions
are very confrontational, when really that is the
Mike and Jonathan picked a summer associate exception rather than the rule,” explained
to play the deponent—the subject of the Jonathan. “They were kind of surprised to find
deposition—and gave that person a fake fact out that depositions are much less dramatic than
scenario. The scenario was an employment- what we see on TV.”
related lawsuit related to a fictional summer
associate being denied a job offer from a law
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