Resident at Law Program

In October 2011, Laird A. Lile, PLLC, launched its inaugural “Resident at Law” program. The 18-month program is designed to provide a transition from law school into practice, similar to a medical residency program. The Resident at Law program provides in-depth training in a trusts and estates law practice environment to prepare the Resident for the traditional practice of law.

Following an intensive application and interview process, the Resident’s responsibilities include:

  • Participating in substantive aspects of the practice of law at the firm
  • Learning the practical aspects of the business of a law firm
  • Joining, and being active in, local and state bar organizations
  • Preparing continuing legal education programs

The traditional “billable hour” requirement of a first-year associate has been eliminated in order to allow the Resident to be fully engaged in professional activities, including client projects and bar activities; however, the Resident is expected to dedicate the same working hours as a traditional first-year associate. Ultimately, the goal is to instruct and expose the Resident to areas of practice that a typical associate would not encounter until the third or fourth year of legal practice.




Previous Residents at Law at Laird A. Lile, PLLC

Patrick F. Mize, Esq.
Mize & Fincher, PLLC
Naples, Florida

Sydney A. Smith, Esq.
The Duffey Law Firm
Boca Raton, Florida

Philip Fincher, Esq.
Mize & Fincher, PLLC
Naples, Florida

Caitlin M. Powell, Esq.
David R. Carlisle, P.A.
Miami, Florida

Thomas C. Treece, Esq.*
Jacksonville, Florida
*Mr. Treece terminated his residency half-way through for personal reasons.




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