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Stites University™

Stites University™ is an umbrella term for a full spectrum of academies, workshops, orientations, training teams, and lunch-and-learn programs aimed at developing well-rounded, highly-skilled attorneys in all practice areas and all offices.

Divided into five colleges, Stites University™ is designed to be a comprehensive learning experience for associates, counsel, and members of the firm.

Stites University Lecturer

1. College of Legal Skills

A. Litigation

  • Written advocacy
  • Oral advocacy
  • Evidence and Procedure
  • Negotiations
  • Mediations/Arbitrations
  • Substantive law
  • Case Management and Strategy
  • Depositions, Hearings, and Trials

B. Non-Litigation

  • Effective drafting
  • Effective speaking
  • Substantive law
  • Business structures and governance
  • Negotiations
  • Closings and transactions
  • Matter Management and Strategy

2. College of Client Service

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Client Imperatives (WINIT)
  • Counseling
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Delegation
  • Team Building/Management
  • Business and industry knowledge

3. College of Client Development and Sustainability

  • Client knowledge and empathy
  • Opportunity identification and
  • Socializing and team play
  • Targeted selling and cross-selling
  • Dealing with competitors
  • Mastering relationships
  • Transitioning

4. College of Contributions (Firm, Civic & Professional)

  • Service to the firm and practice groups
  • Mentoring and training
  • Bar activities and leadership
  • Pro bono contributions and
  • Professional speaking and writing
  • Non-profit board service and leadership

5. College of Ownership, Leadership & Management

  • Fiduciary responsibilities to members
    and employees
  • Law firm economics and metrics
  • Leadership development
  • Profitability and performance
  • Strategic planning and implementation