Jessica L. Buchsbaum has extensive experience in the area of recruiting and professional development and serves as Bilzin Sumberg’s Chief Legal Talent Officer. Her responsibilities include the development and implementation of firm-wide recruiting strategies and initiatives such as behavioral based interviewing programs and competitive compensation and benefits packages.
Additionally, Jessica leads the Firm’s Summer Associate Recruiting Program which includes coordinating on-campus interviews across the country, evaluating potential candidates and preparing offer recommendations. She annually designs a multi-week summer associate curriculum for students from some of the nation’s top law schools. Responsibilities of designing the program include identifying and securing opportunities for summer associates to shadow attorneys, and developing training programs such as seminars and mock trials and transactions.
Jessica also develops and implements Bilzin Sumberg’s professional development strategies and initiatives for the Firm’s associates, designing them to improve associate satisfaction, performance, and retention through the identification of basic skills necessary for success; development of meaningful training programs; establishment of mentoring initiatives that encourage integration of associates and ongoing feedback and guidance; and regular evaluations of projects. Jessica was also responsible for designing and implementing an integrated competency approach to associate performance evaluation and compensation, professional development training and recruitment.
She also works closely with the Firm’s Culture Committee on its Diversity Initiative. Her responsibilities include attending minority job fairs around the nation, participating in outreach events to minority law student associations, hosting and preparing networking events for minority lawyers and speaking to at-risk high schools, focusing on the benefits of professional development and practicing law. Additionally, she is responsible for Bilzin Sumberg’s participation in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Academic Year NALP/Street Law Diversity Program.
EducationFlorida State University, B.A., 2000
InvolvementNational Association for Law PlacementSoutheast Regional Coordinator, 2009 - 2010
PDI Conference Planning, Team Member, 2011
Recruiting Section, Vice-Chair, 2011 and 2012
Annual Education Conference Planning Committee, Member, 2015 - 2016South Florida Association for Law PlacementPast PresidentUnited Way of Miami-DadeEmployee Campaign Co-Chair
Awards/HonorsSouth Florida Business Journal, Excellence in Human Resources, Finalist, 2008
National Association for Law Placement, Service Excellence Award, 2021
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