We believe the development of our associates is directly related to the guidance and training they are given by more senior lawyers in the firm. That is why Hooper, Lundy & Bookman employs a training approach that provides associates with broad exposure to all of our practice areas, as well as the personalized attention of senior members of our firm.
Each new associate is assigned to a partner or senior associate mentor. Associates also attend firm–organized training sessions designed to familiarize them with the workings, culture and standards of the firm, as well as to provide them with introductory training in each of our specific practice areas. Courses designed for beginning associates have included an introduction to attorney–client relations, a discovery workshop and seminars on health care provider regulation, reimbursement, fraud and abuse and litigation.
We also support continuing legal education for all attorneys in the firm in a variety of ways. The firm provides full reimbursement for professional seminars and conferences, as well as off–site CLE courses. Because the firm is so highly specialized, we also provide on–site CLE courses presented by our own staff. In addition, partners and associates are encouraged to share their knowledge with other members of the firm through departmental and firm–wide seminars.
We encourage our lawyers to write articles for professional journals, present speeches and participate in the leadership of professional organizations. Our attorneys have led such prestigious organizations as the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Section of the American Bar Association and the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys. Firm members have also held important leadership positions in local organizations, including the Healthcare Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
In addition to producing our own monthly newsletter, Health Law Perspectives, members of the firm also serve as editors for the California Health Law Monitor, a biweekly legal publication.
The firm supports the pro bono work of its associates and allows up to 100 hours of pro bono work per year to be counted as billable hours.
During the course of their employment, our junior associates generally flow through each of our departments and work in all practice areas. We believe in giving associates significant responsibility early in their careers. Whether working in a transactional, reimbursement or litigation specialty, associates will have direct client contact as well as experience in preparing briefs, handling filings and negotiating agreements before they become partners.
Associates at Hooper, Lundy & Bookman receive evaluations twice yearly, which are prepared based on a self–evaluation and an evaluation by all of the partners with whom an associate has worked.