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Mentoring at Calfee

Whether working with our clients or nurturing careers, at Calfee we believe in long-term investments. Which is why we provide and encourage several different avenues of mentoring for our attorneys and, we hope, future attorneys. We believe in fostering the individual and are focused on adding value − to your career and to our clients. If we invited you to join our team, that means we want you to stay around awhile. Here are just a few programs – both formal and informal – designed to make everyone, but especially diverse newcomers, feel like part of the Calfee family faster.

Minority Clerkship Program

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association run programs designed to give minority first-year law students real world experience via clerkships at area law firms, departments and government agencies during the summer after their first year of law school. Calfee is a regular participant in both of these programs and is a charter member of the Cleveland program.

To find out more about Calfee’s involvement in this program, contact Hiring Chair, Mara Cushwa.

Judicial Clerkship Program

We help sponsor minority law students in a judicial clerkship program which is run by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. This program provides paid summer judicial externships to minority law students who have completed their second year.

To find out more about Calfee’s involvement in this program, contact Hiring Chair, Mara Cushwa.

Navigating Calfee

Calfee hires talented people who are at a variety of stages in their careers. For lateral hires the transition into a new firm, or from a corporate or government environment into a firm one can be a challenge. We want to make this transition as smooth as possible and get new hires integrated into the Calfee culture, so we designed Navigating Calfee for those attorneys who may already have experience and know-how under their belts but need assistance finding their way through the inner workings of the firm. This program includes ensuring attorneys meet people in a variety of practice groups through formal meetings and informal social gatherings to give each new member of Calfee insight into our history, experience and culture.

To find out more about Calfee’s involvement in this program, contact Hiring Chair, Mara Cushwa.

Mentors within the walls of Calfee

When attorneys start at Calfee, each is assigned a mentor, someone who shepherds his or her career growth. These mentors are not necessarily in the same practice area, but have an interest in integrating new attorneys into the fold.

To find out more about Calfee’s involvement in this program, contact Hiring Chair, Mara Cushwa.

Starting early – Pipeline programs

We believe it’s never too early to get people interested in the field of law. That’s why several of the programs Calfee is involved with focus on the development of high school students.

St. Martin De Porres Work-Study Program

Calfee is a corporate member of the St. Martin de Porres work study program, and has been since the program’s inception in Cleveland in 2004. Four students from the school job-share one full-time position here at Calfee. This program allows high school students to earn money toward their education as well as exposing the students to a business environment. In addition, some students have also been given fulltime positions at Calfee following graduation.

To find out more about Calfee’s involvement in this program, contact Director of Office Services, Ron Stupka at

3Rs: Rights, Responsibilities, Realities

This Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association led program partners the local legal community with high school students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and East Cleveland City Schools. Volunteer attorneys go to 10th grade social studies classes and use a real world curriculum to work with the students to improve their understanding of and respect for the rules of law and the U.S. Constitution; increase passage of the Ohio Graduation Test; provide career counseling and insights into possibilities after high school; and improve the number of minorities who choose legal careers in the region.

To find out more about this program, please visit the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s website.

Shaw Mock Trial Team

Mock Trial participation offers high school students the opportunity to improve critical thinking, reading and public speaking skills; deepen their understanding of the judicial system; and develop an understanding of legal rights and responsibilities. It also gives the students a sense of camaraderie, exposes them to competition and team environments, and offers students a safe place to spend their time.

Calfee attorney and head of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP’s Bankruptcy practice, Jim Lawniczak, has taken a defunct, non-existent program at an inner-city high school and in eight years has turned the team into district champions seven times over and state contenders multiple years. He and the Shaw Teacher who coordinated the program, Ms. Eiller, have had more than 100 students be part of Mock Trial since its reinception.

To find out more about Calfee’s involvement in this program, contact Jim Lawniczak.