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In a January 14, 2015 Law360 article, Venable partner Sharon Kroupa discusses how associates can stand out and be noticed at their firms. In addition to her practice, Kroupa serves as Venable's Managing Director of Professional Development and Recruiting.

"Be responsive: Return calls promptly and do what you commit to do, in the timeframe that you commit to do it. Be willing to operate outside of your comfort zone: Uncharted waters can be scary, but also provide the best opportunity for associates to develop unique expertise in developing areas of the law," said Kroupa. "Give each project your best effort: Be sure to peel back the layers and address issues that are lurking below the surface. Be willing to admit that you don’t know all of the answers, but you will pursue them vigorously."