How To Get, Write And Present Your First Assignments

About the program:
In this two-hour interactive program, associates will learn concrete strategies for successfully handling their early assignments. The program is organized around the three stages of an assignment:

    • getting the “good” assignment,
    • writing it up effectively, and
    • presenting the results professionally.

The program provides a clear roadmap for associates to excel by taking a proactive approach to their careers.


    • Eve Birnbaum, Esq.
    • Dianne Rosky, Esq.
    • Michael Souveroff
“The presenters provide a roadmap for associates entering law firm practice, and explain how to avoid common pitfalls in handling their early assignments.
I highly recommend this program for law students who are about to start a summer or permanent position and associates who just started practicing at their first law firm position. Together, the presenters offer a wealth of experience in law firm practice and talent development.”
—Carroll D. Welch,
Assistant Director, New Directions Program, Pace University School of Law
Chair, New York City Bar Committee on Career Advancement & Management


Program outline:

  1. Getting the “good” assignment, presented by Eve Birnbaum:
    • Defining what is a “good” assignment
    • Taking steps to get the good assignment
    • Understanding your firm’s expectations of you
    • Using assignments to reach your career goals
  2. Writing it up, presented by Dianne Rosky:
    • Avoiding the most common writing mistakes new associates make
    • Creating clear, organized memos, briefs and emails
    • Crafting effective introductions
    • Providing roadmaps up front and throughout
  3. Presenting the results, presented by Michael Souveroff:
    • Delivering information in a clear and direct manner
    • Using appropriate body language and eye contact
    • Getting a handle on nervous habits that undermine professionalism


About our co-presenters

Eve Birnbaum, Principal, Eve Birnbaum Associates
A former partner at Winston & Strawn, Eve has over ten years’ experience leading talent and practice development initiatives at major firms.

    • Corporate finance partner, Winston & Strawn
    • Legal Director, Corporate Department, Proskauer Rose
    • Global Director of Legal Recruiting, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
    • Graduate of New York University School of Law
    • Member, New York City Bar Committee on Career Advancement & Management

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Michael Souveroff, Principal, Natural Speech Coaching
Michael is an experienced presentation coach and trainer who works with large New York firms to improve the communication skills of their attorneys. In addition, he coaches lawyers on courtroom presentation skills as part of in-house trial training programs.

    • Presentation skills coach, Fordham University Law School faculty and students
    • Presenter, in-house trial-advocacy and deposition-skills programs at major law firms
    • Adjunct faculty, Fashion Institute of Technology
    • Professionally trained actor

Michael’s clients include WilmerHale LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Ropes & Gray LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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