Daily Report: John E. Hall Jr. on HBS University & Talent Development Programs

Daily Report Hall HBS University Talent Development

In a story about how law firms are using talent development programs to aid in attorney recruitment and retention, the Daily Report spoke with Partner John Hall about HBS University, a six-week educational program that offers new lawyers an introduction to a variety of topics in three one-hour sessions per week.

“For me, when I started years ago, I would go to hearings and see other lawyers and learn what to do and what not to do. This allows them to get more focused and further prepared than they would be otherwise. It gets them more comfortable,” John said.

Cayton Chrisman, an associate at Hall Booth Smith who completed the program in November said, “Due to COVID, we had less opportunities to observe trials or hearings,” and, in addition to instruction on how to take a deposition, review medical records and conduct discovery, Chrisman said the program helped her build relationships: “It really helped foster collaboration at the firm. It’s great to have different people in different practice groups and get opinions from them whenever you want to.”

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