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2023 Signature Seminar

Successes in New Attorney Integration – A Case Study

Featuring Shannon Burke, Director of Talent Development & Stacey Kielbasa, Chief Talent Officer, Chapman and Cutler LLP

July 25, 2023 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Onboarding new attorneys in the last few years has required an examination and overhaul of firm integration processes. The data gathered from NALP evidences that the rate of lateral attorney attrition is higher than other attorneys. Many new associates who have only ever worked in a hybrid environment need unique guidance as they launch their careers. What can law firms do to more successfully integrate new attorneys into their practice groups and firms and reduce the attrition rate? Join Shannon and Stacey as they share with you lessons learned from the creation of a Lateral Attorney Integration Program and intentional new associate onboarding at their firm.

This event is open to all individuals at member organizations.

Learn more about the Signature Seminar Series here.

The Alliance’s Action Steps are designed to assist organizations with implementing practical strategies and policies related to diversity and flexibility. Members can access full versions of all of the Alliance’s Action Steps in the Member Resource Center


Many organizations are in the process of designing hybrid work environments. While different organizations will need different hybrid work structures to support their unique needs, all organizations need to consider new ways to effectively onboard new employees and make them feel a part of their new organization. Based on our numerous conversations with leaders and employees, we have heard feedback regarding difficulty with integrating new employees during the pandemic. Therefore, organizations need to make sure to carefully think through their pre-arrival and onboarding processes, as well as modifications and additional infrastructure to support successful onboarding and intentional integration.


  1. Pre-Arrival and Orientation – Outreach to new hires prior to their arrival to let them know the timing of orientation and what to expect makes for a more comfortable introduction to the firm. Organizations should provide all new employees with an orientation (in-person, virtual, or a combination) on their first day. At a minimum, this orientation should include a message from the CEO/Chair, messages from group leaders, introduction and contacts from all support departments (i.e. IT; Human Resources; Word Processing; Marketing), and any specific organizational processes/procedures (i.e. billing codes; necessary contacts). Subsequently, each new employee should have a lunch/coffee (in-person or virtual) set up with a department leader/supervisor and peer employee.

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