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.
Thomas C. Treece, Esq.
Thomas joined Laird A. Lile, PLLC, in September 2017 as the firm’s Resident at Law. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida and his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law in May 2015. Most recently, Thomas graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a Master’s degree in Taxation. Treece is a member of The Florida Bar and serves as Education Committee Co-Leader for the Expanded Media Initiative of the Tax Section.
Previous Residents at Law at Laird A. Lile, PLLC
Patrick F. Mize, Esq.
Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti & Rudnick
Sydney A. Smith, Esq.
The Duffey Law Firm
Boca Raton, Florida
Philip Fincher, Esq.
Goodman Breen & Gibbs
Caitlin M. Powell, Esq.
David R. Carlisle, P.A.