The Associates Committee, comprised of associates and partners from each Gibson Dunn office, is a resource for associates at every level in connection with all issues affecting associate life at Gibson Dunn.
One of the Associates Committee’s primary roles is ensuring that new associates, whether arriving right after law school or as laterals, transition smoothly into the Firm. Committee members organize welcome events for new associates, plan and host the New Lawyer Academy, participate in new associate training, and oversee the buddy program in each office—all with an eye to associate integration.
Associates Committee members also organize regular social events in each office, such as breakfasts, lunches, and happy hours, to promote socializing and mentoring, and to allow new associates to get to know lawyers they have not worked with directly. In addition, in most offices the Associates Committee provides funds for experienced lawyers to take new associates out for coffee, lunch, drinks, or other informal events.
The Associates Committee is also responsible for identifying, assessing, and resolving issues important to Gibson Dunn associates. Over the years, the Committee has spearheaded initiatives concerning nearly every aspect of associate life at the Firm. The Associates Committee monitors the associate review process on an annual basis, providing feedback and suggesting improvements to Firm management, including the Compensation and the Professional Development Committees; recommends important revisions to Firm policies affecting associates; provides feedback to management regarding the Firm’s mentoring efforts; and addresses a myriad of other everyday areas of concern to associates (e.g., technology, support staff and resources, book allowance, bar dues, health benefits, childcare, after-hours meal reimbursement).
Finally, the Associates Committee facilitates communication between associates and Firm management. For example, Committee members in many offices organize “town hall” style meetings where Partners-in-Charge report on the state of the office and solicit associate feedback. Committee members also encourage associates in all offices to bring their Firm-related ideas or concerns to the Committee’s attention, so the Committee can relay those ideas and concerns to the Partners-in-Charge of the relevant office or other members of Firm management and translate them into new programs or solutions.
Ethan Dettmer, a partner in the San Francisco office, chairs the Associates Committee. Jeremy Robison, a Washington, D.C. associate, serves as Vice-Chair.