Reno & Zahm LLP
2902 McFarland Road Suite 400
Rockford, IL. 61107
We actively recruit from select midwestern law schools, striving to find gifted students who will share our commitment to excellence. We look for students who have distinguished themselves both in and out of the classroom, looking beyond transcripts for a diverse background and real world pursuits showing initiative and ambition.
Most of our full-time associate hiring is done through our summer associate program. Our recruiting lawyers participate in on-campus interviewing during the late summer and early autumn. We strongly encourage qualified applicants at law schools which we do not visit to submit their resumes and transcripts to our partner in charge of recruiting, Scott Calkins.
Following on-campus interviews, we invite those students whom we consider most qualified to visit our office in Rockford. We reimburse for expenses associated with the trip. Our office interviews typically last from 9:00 a.m. through mid-afternoon. During that time, applicants may expect to meet with most of our partners individually and share an informal lunch with several associates. We strive to make final hiring decisions by early November.
We pride ourselves on offering summer associates an accurate picture of the practice of law at Reno & Zahm. We hope that summer associates will enjoy our culture and develop positive relationships with our lawyers and support staff.
Our firm is large enough to offer a diverse range of projects and clients, yet small enough to avoid the pitfalls of large big-city firms. Summer associates are exposed to a wide variety of practice areas for our clients. They learn to take their classroom knowledge and apply it to the real-world issues facing our clients. We strive to ensure that each summer associate returns to school with a true impression of what everyday life is like as a successful, practicing attorney at Reno & Zahm.
We endeavor to provide summer associates with experience in the practice areas that interest them, while also exposing them to unfamiliar areas of the law. Summer associates will enjoy mentoring from the partners and senior associates. They will also meet regularly with our recruiting partners to receive valuable feedback about their work and to provide constructive input about their experiences. These meetings are crucial to the development of the summer associates and are intended to open a candid dialogue between the summer associate and the partnership.
We believe that participation in our summer associate program offers students the best opportunity to experience our firm first hand, while affording our lawyers valuable insight into the skills and personalities of potential new lawyers. By hiring full-time lawyers who have participated in our summer clerk program, both the firm and new lawyer are afforded the opportunity to make an educated decision based upon a summer of real world experiences.
We appreciate the importance of the decision every new lawyer will make at the beginning of their career. Likewise, we take the hiring process very seriously, carefully evaluating applicants and summer associates. Every summer associate is hired with the hope that they will later become a full-time associate; and every full-time associate we hire, is employed with the intention that they will ultimately become a partner. We do not hire summer associates or full-time associates with the understanding that some will make it, and some will not. Every hiring decision we make is critical because we plan for new attorneys to be a part of Reno & Zahm for the long term.
While we work hard to serve the needs of our clients, we understand that time away from the office is equally important. We encourage our attorneys to become actively involved in the community and to spend time with their families and engage in personal interests. Each of our lawyers has a healthy, fulfilling life outside of the office. As a summer clerk you may expect to spend time with our lawyers outside the office and meet their families and friends. You may also expect to participate in regular social events throughout the summer.
We do not impose traditional rules regarding billable hours because we believe such requirements are counter-productive and foster poor billing habits. We reward our attorneys for taking care of clients’ needs effectively and efficiently, not for the number of hours that our clients are billed.