The Fellowship Founder
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 major law firms for two decades, Caren founded a successful consulting firm, Lawyer Development Strategies, in 2009. She then partnered with other industry experts in late 2010 to form Lawyer Metrics. As a co-founder and investor, Caren 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 handled all of the company’s operations. She also facilitated ground-breaking 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.
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, Caren is an adjunct professor at the Denver University Sturm College of Law. 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)