I have had a steady flow of interesting work assignments throughout the summer. I've been able to seek out work in particular practice groups in which I am interested and have also had attorneys just stop by my office and ask if I can help them on a project. The work has been a good mix of researching and writing everything from motions, to internal briefs, to settlement agreements. I've learned a lot through opportunities to work on documents that I have never seen before and from coaching from the attorneys on how to draft the document.
This summer has allowed me to pursue different routes from as many as six different practice groups. Within these groups I have never performed the same thing twice. The ability to work with various people and groups has provided me a strong sense of what I enjoy and would like to continue to focus on as my career develops. I am extremely happy that we have had this opportunity to try new projects in so many different areas.
From Day 1 the work assignments have been interesting and meaningful. I have had the opportunity to work on a broad range of assignments from a Pro Bono §1983 action to updating a Federal Practice Treatise chapter. The work assignments include a good mix of research and writing projects and practical experience such as attending court, observing depositions, and sitting in on client calls.
I have learned so much during my summer with Q&B because of the vast array of assignments I have had the opportunity to work on including but not limited to: responding to a rejection from the Copyright Office, researching and presenting results with regard to international trade dress requirements, searching for potential expert witnesses in a very specific and narrow field, researching trademark law with regard to bona fide intention when filing a trademark and proposing steps to prove a bona fide intent, and researching and providing results regarding the scope of attorney client privilege waiver after asserting an advice of counsel defense.
In my first full week at Quarles & Brady, I worked on real client matters and received feedback from associates and partners. In my second week, I sat in on an actual client call. From those early points, I knew Q&B took a serious interest in ensuring that I was able to do meaningful legal work throughout the summer. In addition, I get tailored feedback on all of my written work assignments from a partner (my reader) each week, which has helped me refine my legal writing skills. Without a doubt, the value Q&B places on its summer program really comes to bear in the summer associate work assignments.