Attorney Professional Development, CLE Management, Pro Bono Management, Professional Legal Management
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP is a midsize Chicago Loop law firm seeking a Professional Development & Pro Bono Manager. This person will manage all aspects of attorney training and development, MCLE tracking, and the Firm’s pro bono involvement, and support additional Firm initiatives. This individual reports directly to the Director of Talent & Diversity.
Manage the administration of attorney training programs. Specifically - Oversee Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), including:
Seeking and obtaining accreditation for the firm’s CLE programs in Illinois
Supervising data entry, administration and reporting for CE Manager (CLE tracking software)
Creating attorney credit reports and communicating any deficiencies to attorneys
Ensuring the firm’s adherence to all necessary provisions set by the state bar to maintain good standing of MCLE provider status
Maintaining MCLE resource library
Overseeing record keeping for accredited programs, including attendance tracking, attendance certificate generation and record maintenance for all in-house and external seminars
Develop and deliver practice area-specific training curriculum on an on-going basis, including:
Assessing training needs
Defining learning objectives
Identifying potential instructors both within and outside the Firm
Administering the delivery of the program
Managing the evaluation process of each program
Develop and deliver firm-wide training programs to cover ethics, professionalism, practice management and “soft skills” such as time management, supervision and leadership, writing and editing, business development and marketing
Develop and implement orientation programs for new attorneys, including Basic Skills training
Implement and coordinate mentoring programs for new attorneys, new partners and affinity networks
Manage the administration of the firm’s pro bono activities, including:
Collaborate with the Pro Bono Committee to promote achievement of the firm’s pro bono goals
Foster and maintain the firm’s relationships with legal aid service providers and not-for-profit organizations in need of pro bono legal assistance
Serve as the pro bono face of the firm in external organizations
Assess training needs to effectively deliver pro bono services and implement training programs
Coordinate staffing of firm-sponsored pro bono activities, such as helplines and legal clinics
Assist attorneys in all aspects of pro bono service, including intake, client relations, and obtaining technical assistance
Coordinate quarterly firm pro bono newsletter
Draft and publish annual pro bono report
Collaborate with Women’s Network leadership team committee members to provide leadership with respect to women’s network initiatives. Support the women’s mentoring teams and the firm’s new mom’s group. Support the firm’s involvement in external organizations.
Collaborate with Diversity & Inclusion Committee members to provide leadership with respect to diversity initiatives. Support internal affinity groups.
Coordinate client CLE programs with the marketing department
Assist in developing the annual budget for professional development
Manage the intranet page on training and pro bono opportunities
Other tasks related to professional development as they arise
Juris Doctorate strongly preferred
Minimum 2-3 years related experience in a professional services firm
Knowledge of Illinois MCLE rules a plus
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently with a high degree of professionalism
Proficiency in prioritizing and multi-tasking
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to work collaboratively in a fast paced entrepreneurial environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to sit for long periods of time
Ability to stand for a length of time at a photocopier
Ability to bend, reach, twist and push while sitting or standing
The statements contained in this position description are not all-inclusive. Additional duties may be assigned and requirements may vary from time to time.
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About Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg
Neal Gerber Eisenberg (NGE) is a Chicago-based law firm of more than 140 attorneys spanning 23 practice groups. Our client base consists of privately and publically held companies, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations and high net worth individuals, and reflects virtually every business segment. It also includes a number of Fortune 100 companies.
NGE is a great place to start and build your career. We work hard an finding talent and work just as hard to at nurturing the talent. We are proud of our open and inclusive environment, where individuality is valued and unique perspectives are sought.