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Practice Group Coordinator

Sidley Austin LLP
New York, NY
United States

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Overall responsibility for administrative support for lawyers in a specific practice group.  Works with Partners, providing assistance in lawyer work assignments, recruiting, evaluation and training of legal and other personnel.  This position will support the Practice Group in offices outside of New York, as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Development of staffing system and supervisor of the staff process:

Maintain oversight of current lawyer workloads
Monitor lawyer workloads
Ensure a fair mix of deal work
Monitor productivity

Coordinate lateral recruiting and hiring:

Work with Partners and Legal Recruiting team to define and meet hiring needs of the practice group
Ensure recruiting process has followed through

Professional Development:

Work with Partners and Director of Professional Development to meet the education needs of the practice group
Review notices of CLE and other programs and seminars specific to the practice and suggest attendance, as needed


Develop and implement evaluation processes that measure the specific skills of personnel in the practice group
Coordinate assistance in resolving lawyer conflicts

Client Relations:

Coordinate client entertainment programs to maintain practice development goals


Other duties, assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below.  The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  If you need such an accommodate, pleae email (current employees should contact Human Resources).

Education and/or Experience:
Associate or Bachelor degree, or Paralegal Certificate, from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
A minimum of five years' experience as paralegal or in a supervisory support position in a legal environment
Demonstrated proficiency in MS Word and Excel

J.D., a plus
Other Skills and Abilities:
In addition to the above, the following will also be required of the successful candidate:
Strong organizational skills
Strong attention to detail
Good judgment
Able to accept responsibility and take initiative
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
Able to work under pressure
Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities
Perform other work-related duties and special projects, as required and assigned.

Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer