I thought the [Greenhorn Legal] training was excellent and fills a niche that’s often overlooked. Your energy and enthusiasm livened the discussions, and substantively, I got more out of the seminar than I have in weeks of other ‘professional seminars.’ — Associate, Am Law 100 Law Firm
Law Firm Training Programs
Many law firm training programs are excellent. Still, there is a clear disconnect between the training that is provided to new lawyers and the complete set of skills they actually need to master in order to integrate into your law firm, work effectively and efficiently, and contribute meaningfully to client matters from day one.
Why I founded Greenhorn Legal
After nearly seven years in a law firm, I founded Greenhorn Legal to help and support you as you train your junior associates. My mission through Greenhorn Legal is to help you ensure that your junior associates integrate smoothly and find success in your law firm from day one.
How do our programs work?
We have spent thousands of hours developing content and program materials designed to produce motivated, inspired, and engaged professionals. Our programs are crafted with the new lawyer experience in mind. They are designed to help you identify exactly what skills your associates must learn in order to thrive in your specific law firm environment.
- Comprehensive one-on-one consultations to help you shape and refine your entire professional development curriculum;
- Train-the-trainer programs where we work closely with your professional development team to ensure your content is being delivered in innovative, inspired ways;
- Complete program scripts and other written materials for on-demand, ready to use professional development programs;
- Summer Associate training programs;
- On-demand video training programs that your associates can watch on their own time and any time they would like.
There is no other program or company like this. We have made a substantive difference in the way new lawyers all over the country practice law. And now we’re bringing our highly specialized training modules and content and information to you.
Our sole mission is to help and support you. We are here to help you train your associates in innovative and effective ways. We want to maximize the potential and success of your associates.
How we can work together
We have worked with law firms of all kinds, from:
- Boutique law firms looking for an entire professional development curriculum; to
- White Shoe firms in New York City looking to supplement their weeks-long training programs; to
- Mid-sized and large law firms looking for content and materials and other ideas for one-off programs.
If you are interested in working with us, we accept select law firms yearly into our associate development programs. Please contact us using the link on this page and we will look forward to being in touch.
If you want your new lawyers to excel, if you want partners in your office to remark that you are training a whole new brand of associate, do not hesitate — connect with us and we will take you there.
What Others Are Saying…
Greenhorn is just the type of course that every young lawyer should take. The comprehensiveness of the course sets it apart from any of the other training or skills oriented workshops that I have taken. The topics covered go far beyond existing training for young attorneys by taking a more holistic approach to building one’s practice. This course has truly given us the tools to be successful for many years to come.
The course was a well-balanced blend of practical, educational, and substantive material and advice. The detailed breakdown of the different phases of a case was particularly helpful because of the case that I am currently working on. Now that I have a better understanding of what comes next in the process, I know what I need to focus on to make myself an indispensable part of the team. Also, the information that we discussed about drafting internal and external documents was worth its weight in gold.
I also wanted to mention how valuable the section on health and wellness was. As discussed, no one really addresses the health and wellness issues that lawyers face. It was refreshing to have an open dialogue on this subject. In a profession that has such high levels of depression, it is important to learn how to identify and deal with these issues before they happen.
I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on how helpful your organizational tips from day one were. I plan on implementing several of your suggestions as soon as I enter my office on Monday.
In sum, Greenhorn is in a class unto itself, and the level of professionalism, expertise, and organization was beyond impressive. I am certain that taking part in the class will serve me well in the years to come.
— Neil A., Associate, Am Law 100 Law Firm
After months of private practice at a big law firm, I was faced with the unsettling realization that my law school experience and my preparations to pass the bar exam only provided me with a two-dimensional foundation for a career in law. I found myself in a senior associate’s office daily, asking legitimate questions, but always outstaying my welcome. I knew that there was something missing in my legal training: an element of instruction which provided me with professional know-how, business sense, and practical guidance for early career success. I just did not know where to find that missing piece.
Greenhorn fills that void. After actively participating in Greenhorn’s intensive three-day training program, I feel confident to accept the daily challenges that I am presented with at my firm. This advantage is priceless. Understanding the expectations of law firm partners and how to build meaningful relationships with those partners are items that bar prep and law school courses simply do not address. Greenhorn does. Greenhorn’s instructors are, without a doubt, the most capable and resourceful group I have come across because they teach from a truly unique rubric. They draw not only from their own invaluable experience, but also from their extensive research of the profession. The highly coveted input from the legal elite of major law firms does not hurt either!
Greenhorn has helped me adjust to the stringent demands of the current legal community. I highly recommend the experience.
— John M., Associate, Am Law 100 Law Firm
Embarking on my first year of law school as an inexperienced, wide-eyed 1L, never would I have surmised just how ill-prepared I was. I had anticipated graduating law school with considerable knowledge of every practical skill I would require to flourish in a law firm environment. Yet the all-consuming panic I experienced the first time I was asked to file a motion remains fresh in my mind.
Greenhorn Legal is the antidote for all of those plagued by the uncertainties of law firm life, and for all of those who feel somewhat ill-equipped to venture into a career as a first-year associate. Greenhorn eases participants into the rigors, practical responsibilities, and duties of budding lawyers. The course comprehensively addresses multiple facets of law firm careers, from the indispensable value in self-marketing, professionalism, and interpersonal skills to administrative and legal nuances of transactional and litigation-oriented practice. Greenhorn is a vital addition to any young lawyer’s education, providing students in three days the knowledge and skills that law school largely fails to impart in three years. Learning essential strategies with respect to drafting and filing pleadings, motions, and discovery documents, I feel a renewed sense of confidence, armed with the knowledge and skill sets that can enable me to thrive in a firm environment. Desiree Moore is a wonderful instructor with a perceptible sincerity and passion for preparing students for the particularities and demands of an associate attorney position. Her insights into cultivating the legal and social skills necessary to adapt to a law firm environment were invaluable, and I find myself far better equipped to begin a career as an associate after having taken her course.
— Sridevi Ranganathan, Associate, Michaels & May, PC
I have had the privilege to work extensively with Desiree on multiple complex litigation matters, and consider her to be one of the top young lawyers I have run across in 30 plus years of practice. I have also worked with Desiree on continuing legal education projects, and have been greatly impressed with how creatively and thoughtfully she has approached educational tasks. She knows the skills, knowledge and traits that propel younger attorneys to successful careers, and she knows how to teach these pathways to success to other attorneys. Others are drawn naturally to her enthusiastic and positive career and professional outlooks.
— Irving Levinson, Litigation Partner & Mediator, K&L Gates
Thank you so much for providing me with the opportunity of attending the Greenhorn Legal course. The course was amazingly informative — I feel 100% more prepared to become a new attorney. Heck, I feel 100% more prepared to go into work tomorrow! The practical skills training of day one and the substantive focus of day 2 were terrific. Day 3 was the icing on the cake. I loved ending with the self-care discussion and I liked the practical application of the Rules of Professional Conduct, too. I really cannot thank you enough for this and for all you’ve done to prepare me for my entry into the legal profession.
— Kathryn Conway, Associate, Powers, Rogers & Smith