Attorney Development and Retention

Developing our associates into successful and satisfied attorneys is a key component of our retention efforts — and one that permeates our focus on diversity and inclusion.

Professional Development


Skadden’s formal mentoring program pairs junior associates with a partner and an associate or counsel. With input from our Diversity Committee, the program was recently expanded to include second- and third-year associates, in addition to first-years.

Our mentors provide associates with training, feedback and a sounding board for questions about firm life, all of which facilitate early career development and ease the transition from law school. The firm organizes formal mentoring events, and mentoring pairs receive a budget for social events and a dedicated billing charge number for the time they spend together in the mentoring context.


We offer training for attorneys that examines core diversity and inclusion principles, including associate retention and pipeline development, in the context of the firm’s talent management and development objectives. Among other topics, recent seminars have examined the associate work-assignment process through the lens of diversity and inclusion. We also incorporate diversity and inclusion into our orientation and training programs for incoming and summer associates, including seminars on working effectively in a diverse environment and serving as allies to colleagues in a diverse workforce.

A core diversity and inclusion method is to infuse our general attorney training programs, including those on marketing and business development, new partner orientation and leadership development/talent management, with diversity and inclusion.

Speaker Series

Our FACETS lecture series features distinguished leaders from various disciplines and backgrounds who discuss their perspectives on a range of professional and social topics relating to diversity. The lecture series provides a forum for exchanging ideas and exploring aspects of working in a multicultural environment and are widely attended by a cross-section of the Skadden community.