Work Assignments (07/01/2019)
Since beginning my summer at Q&B I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of assignments from all different practice groups. Some of the work assignments are more challenging and others are easier, but overall the work coordinator does a good job of balancing the workload. The flow of work is consistent, so I never feel as if I have nothing to do.
The work assignments this summer have allowed me to explore different areas of law, while at the same time giving me a realistic view of what practicing law at Quarles will look like. I feel like I have been given meaningful projects from a variety of attorneys across many practice groups. Although transactional work tends to be harder for attorneys to break off into smaller projects for summer associates, the attorneys have made an effort to find projects so I can explore what a transactional practice would really look like.
I have been privileged to work with both Partners and Associates on substantive legal assignments in a variety of practice groups. Assignments have been distributed and managed through an online portal as well as a weekly work-flow meeting. This system has kept me busy, providing a true taste of life as an Associate, while making sure I wasn't too overloaded to take advantage of lunches and social opportunities which have been made available.
The work assignments we have received have been fantastic. They provide unique opportunities to learn a lot of information covering a broad range of subjects, both in terms of substantive law and practical skills. I have had the opportunity to attend several court hearings, including both state and federal courts, attend a 7th Circuit mediation, draft a section of an appellate brief, help prepare attorneys for oral arguments, and draft a provisional patent application. These work assignments have not only improved my research and writing skills, but provided insight on how to meet the clients' goals and expectations.
In just a few short weeks I have already been given assignments from various practice groups for multiple different clients. In just one short month, I attended a federal trial, drafted a motion, wrote a memorandum, worked on a cross-office project, and researched a variety of legal issues. Every attorney I have worked with has been willing to answer any of my questions and provide practical information about their area that I would never learn in school! I am so thankful to have already gained exposure to so many different practice areas and cannot wait to see what else I get to work on this summer.
I have received a variety of work assignments from many different practice groups including intellectual property, commercial litigation, business law, and one pro bono case. Since I do not know my intended focus yet, taking projects from all these different groups has really helped me get a feel for the people in the groups, determine what I do and do not like, as well as hone in on my strengths and areas of improvement.
The work assignments at Quarles & Brady are engaging and diverse. In just a few weeks, I have had the opportunity to work on assignments for every practice area in the office. This is allowing me to discover what area I am interested in and want to practice after law school.
In my interview with Quarles & Brady, I remember multiple attorneys highlighting the variety of work assignments provided for the Summer Associate. Now as a summer associate, I am extremely impressed with the wide variety of assignments and learning opportunities provided. I’ve had assignments in both the transactional and litigation spheres, observed multiple court proceedings, and received at least one assignment from each practice group in the Indianapolis office. This has proved invaluable, because it’s helped me realize where my interest lies and where I find the most natural fit.