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At Skelton, Taintor & Abbott we seek employees who share our commitment to excellence, in service to our clients as well as to our local community. We have long been known as a firm having some of Maine's finest attorneys who are leaders in our profession. A young attorney joining our firm can look forward to working with, and learning from, some of the best lawyers not only in Maine but in the nation. In addition to providing a dynamic work environment with great potential for professional growth, we give employees the opportunity to enjoy Maine's famous quality of life: "The Way Life Should Be."

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott offers a generous compensation and benefits package that includes a medical and dental plan, a 401k plan with employer contributions, parking, and payment of professional dues.

Attorney Hiring Process

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott provides a sophisticated work environment that encourages and supports attorneys in their performance of public service.

In recruiting and retaining talented lawyers, we look for outstanding intellect as well as traits above and beyond academic achievement. We place a value on such intangibles as a demonstrated commitment to excellence.

We are committed to our associates' success:

  • Every associate is assigned a mentor who is responsible for monitoring the associate's workload and professional development.
  • Each associate meets regularly with a practice group leader to ensure that he or she is maintaining a positive work/life balance.
  • Job performance is reviewed every six months for the first year of employment and then annually thereafter.
  • The firm has adopted a training policy in the form of a checklist of activities each associate should observe or accomplish under the supervision of a director.
  • The firm conducts in-house continuing legal education seminars.

Summer Associate Program

The summer associate program has been one of our primary means of recruiting permanent associates. We typically hire one or two second-year law students through the program. During their stay with us, summer associates are encouraged to participate in all aspects of our practice and to work with different attorneys. Summer associates can also cultivate their interests in specific areas of the law.

A mentor oversees all aspects of the summer associate's work experience. Summer associates can expect significant research and writing assignments. When possible, they will observe hearings, trials, closings and client meetings. Our goal is to provide a valuable and enjoyable learning experience. In past summers, we've arranged sunset cruises, lobster bakes and golf and bowling outings.

 

On-Campus Interviews

We interview candidates for the summer program between September and early November. Members of our hiring committee travel to select law schools in the eastern United States. If we do not visit your school, we advise you to contact us to set up an interview in our Auburn office. Please send your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in the Skelton, Taintor & Abbott Summer Associate Program to Sarah Mitchell smitchell@sta-law.com  Skelton Taintor & Abbott, 95 Main Street, Auburn, Maine  04210.