We believe that superb legal skills are best built through broad work experiences, sound formal training by experienced practitioners, and strong mentoring relationships. The framework of our professional development program is the Career Advancement Program (CAP). CAP offers a flexible career path structure, supportive training, and a competency-based approach to evaluation, promotion, compensation and overall professional development. Given that mentors play an important role in a lawyer’s professional development and career success, through CAP, the firm provides associates and counsel with formal mentors who guide and support their careers. The Diversity Committee works with firm leadership to ensure that our mentoring program supports our efforts to develop, retain and advance a diverse group of lawyers.
WilmerHale has a long history of community service and philanthropy, based on the principles John Pickering held in founding the firm. Today, the firm pays tribute to his legacy and strengthens its commitment to the community through the annual presentation of the Pickering Fellowships, which allow selected associates to spend six months working at a public interest organization.
Also, in a program with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, WilmerHale sends litigation associates and counsel to the Somerville and Malden District Courts for six-month rotations as special assistant district attorneys.