|Rural Practice Participation|
Rural Practice Committee
Why You Should Participate
In the process of designing a program, the Rural Practice Committee heard comments from numerous members who had hired an associate, and all were aware of associates who had been hired by attorneys in smaller communities. All had heard or experienced the horror stories from colleagues about hiring one, two or even three associates, investing $40,000 to $60,000 and a couple of years of training in each, and then having them leave about the time they could begin bringing revenue into the firm. To add insult to injury, the associates often left "toxic” files for the lawyer to clean up.
Hiring a summer clerk gives you an opportunity to evaluate the student without the risks and costs of hiring him or her in a permanent relationship as would be the case with an associate. The investment is a fraction of that made in an associate, and part of the investment can be recouped by billing some of the clerk’s time.
As attorney Earl Hill from Britt explains: “No question there’s a cost, but it’s very minimal as far as I’m concerned.”