The benefits of having significant responsibility in substantive work may be easy to understand. However, Calfee associates also experience other, more intangible benefits. Many associates participate actively in firm committees, including Hiring, Associate and Technology, which allow associates to have a say in the development of the talent in their practice areas and the quality of life of associates at the firm. Associates are invited and encouraged to get to know and entertain summer associates and prospective clients through lunches, dinners and other social outings at our expense. The firm also sponsors an associates’ outing each year, where all non-partner attorneys are invited to attend various events throughout the Cleveland area.
All of these features of associate life at Calfee demonstrate our philosophy about the development of young attorneys at our firm. Associates will be most effective contributors to the firm over the long term when they are given significant responsibility early in their careers, supplemented by formal training; when they are afforded an active voice in the practice, and a chance to develop social networks both within the firm and in their communities; and when the firm makes it possible for them to balance their work with time for relaxation away from the office, with their families and friends.