About the Team
Caren Ulrich Stacy – Founder, OnRamp Fellowship
Caren Ulrich Stacy has over 20 years of experience in lawyer recruitment, development, and diversity with law firms across the country, including Arnold & Porter, Cooley, Weil Gotshal & Manges, McGuireWoods, and Jenkens & Gilchrist. In addition to working in-house at top law firms, she has consulted with more than 60 AmLaw 200 firms and legal departments on lawyer hiring, integration, training, engagement, satisfaction, diversity, retention, performance reviews, and advancement.
After working in law school career services and at top law firms for two decades, Caren founded a successful consulting firm in 2009. She also partnered with other experts in 2010 to form Lawyer Metrics LLC. As a co-founder and investor, she worked with specialists in legal labor markets, quantitative analysis, and organizational psychology to design and implement a data-driven, Moneyball approach to lawyer hiring and development. In her role as President, Caren led the strategic vision of the company, developed and serviced more than 20 clients, and facilitated groundbreaking research to better understand the traits and behaviors of successful lawyers, including rainmakers.
Caren stepped down as President of Lawyer Metrics in late 2013 to create and manage the OnRamp Fellowship. In addition to running the Fellowship, Caren is the editor of the Talent Think Tank blog and manages the Legal Talent Lab. The Lab is an accelerator and incubator for innovative talent management initiatives that aim to improve the legal profession. Caren is also an adjunct professor for the Denver University Sturm College of Law.
Honors & Awards
As a noted expert in the field of lawyer selection and development, Caren was awarded the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP) Mark of Distinction in 2009 and elected as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management in 2010 – an honor awarded to fewer than 200 individuals in the country. In 2013, she was appointed to the Colorado Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession.
Caren has contributed to more than 150 presentations and publications on legal talent management and authored several highly regarded books, including “Loyalty by Design: A Practical Guide for Developing an Effective Attorney Integration Program.” In addition to her leadership roles as chair of NITA’s Law Firm Advisory Committee and the Executive Council for the Virginia Bar Association Law Practice Management Division, she has also served as chair and vice-chair of the NALP Attorney Development Committee, two terms on the board of directors for the Professional Development Consortium, and as co-chair of The American Lawyer Chief Recruitment, Development, and Diversity Officers Conference.
Select Published Books & Articles
- Foreword Author, “The Articulate Attorney” By Brian Johnson and Marsha Hunter (Crown King Books, June 2013)
- Contributing Author & Editor, “The Six-Minute Marathon: A Guide to Life as a Lawyer” By Judge Andy Hartman (NITA, June 2010)
- Contributing Author, “Partners in Transition: The Five Phases of an Effective Partner Integration Program” (NALP Foundation, January 2010)
- Contributing Author, “How Associate Evaluations Measure Up: Identifying Effective Evaluations Criteria” (NALP Foundation, June 2006)
- Co-author, “Loyalty By Design: A Practical Guide For Developing an Effective Associate Integration Program” (NALP Foundation, July 2005)
- Contributing Author, “Best Practices in Attorney Professional Development – Conducting an Effective Needs Assessment” (American Bar Association, October 2004)
- NALP Bulletin, “Keeping the Keepers: Focusing on Lateral Associate Hires” (January 2014)
- Law Practice Management, American Bar Association, “Solving the Multimillion-Dollar C Player Problem” (May 2013)
- NALP Bulletin, “Behavioral Interviewing 2.0: Using Structured Panel Interviews to Identify High Performers and Eliminate Bias in Lawyer Interviewing” (February 2012)
- Bloomberg Law, “Everything You Think You Know About Lawyer Recruiting Is Wrong: The New Science of Evidence-Based Hiring Practices” (November 2011)
- The American Lawyer and Law.com, “Moneyball for Law Firms” (October 2011)
- West LegalEdcenter Newsletter, “Emerging Trends in Lawyer Development & Advancement” (December 2009)
- NALP Bulletin, “Moving From Lockstep to a Merit-Based Competency System” (September 2009)
Jennifer Winslow – Senior Consultant, OnRamp Fellowship
Jennifer Winslow began her legal career nearly 12 years ago as an associate at Morrison & Foerster. After practicing for six years, she refocused her career on attorney and law student recruitment and development, as well as diversity initiatives for the legal profession.
As a Managing Director for Major, Lindsey & Africa, Jennifer counseled lateral attorney candidates on their job searches and collaborated with law firms seeking to fill specialized roles. In the University of Colorado Law School’s Career Development Office, she managed the on-campus interview and judicial clerkship programs. While serving as the school’s representative to the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Committee, she worked with leaders of the state’s efforts to increase the number of underrepresented attorneys within the profession. Jennifer left Colorado Law in 2013 to found JLW Legal Consulting and soon after joined Caren Ulrich Stacy in launching the OnRamp Fellowship.
Passionate about helping attorneys find satisfaction in their careers, Jennifer has counseled more than more than 500 law students and attorneys on job search strategy, application materials, interview techniques, and being proactive in managing their careers.
- NALP Bulletin, “The No-Offer: 5 Steps to Avoiding a Bad Outcome – Or Ensuring the Best Version of the Worst” (May 2013)
- Amicus: University of Colorado Law School, “Building a Robust Legal Community: The Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group and Dean’s Diversity Council” (Fall 2012)
- Amicus: University of Colorado Law School, “What it Takes to Be Marketable: Recent Graduates Comment” (Spring 2012)
- Co-author, California Lawyer, “Ask the Expert: A Call to Service” (October 2009)
Memberships and Professional Development Activities
- National Association for Law Placement, Member, 2011-2014
- Denver Area Legal Recruitment Association, Secretary, 2012-2013; Member, 2011-2013
- American Bar Association, Member, 2011-present
- California Bar, admitted December 2002 (inactive status)
Courtney Dredden Carter – Consultant, OnRamp Fellowship & Legal Talent Lab
Courtney began her career as an associate at a mid-sized law firm in Birmingham, Alabama and after her time in corporate law, decided to focus her career on helping improve the legal profession. First, she managed a legal externship program and taught an externship seminar to law students that emphasized professional skills, career goals and professional development as a young professional. She then narrowed in on her passion, and began working to increase diversity in the legal profession.
Courtney worked as the NALP / Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program Fellow for two years. During her time as the Fellow, she managed a national legal diversity pipeline program involving over 24 organizations. She trained over 85 lawyers and legal professionals on an annual basis on program implementation and diversity sensitivity. As a part of her fellowship, she also authored a weekly blog roundup of diversity news that reached over 300 legal professionals each week. Courtney understands firsthand how important diversity and inclusion are in the legal profession and is always interested in what organizations are doing to improve diversity and inclusion.
- NALP Bulletin, “What we Learned about Women’s Initiatives and Cultural Awareness at the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Summit.” (August 2014)
- NALP Bulletin, “Should Your Organization Join an Existing Pipeline Program or Create its Own?” (June 2013)
- MS. JD Blog, “All About the NALP / Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program.” (March 2013)