New Lawyers Share Tips for Success as a Summer Partner – Part 2
In Part 2 of our series on “Acing It as a Summer Associate,” other young associates share tips on what they have learned from their recent summer experiences working in the office and remotely.
Brian Trujillo, Litigation Partner at Bilzin Sumberg, Talks About Summer Miami 2019 Experience taught him that he didn’t want to be a transactional lawyer as expected. He advises summer associates to focus on finding the area of practice that is best for them, not just securing the coveted continuing offer. “You should be prepared to give up the things you were sure you wanted, if it turns out you were wrong,” Trujillo says.
Duane Morris’s freshman lawyers Emily Duffy in Philadelphia and Ashley Barton in San Diego offer tips on getting the most out of a virtual experience and getting the best assignments. Duffy says she was surprised to gain a “new, more global perspective of the firm” by meeting and virtually working with lawyers from other offices. And Barton emphasizes the importance of taking initiative and seizing opportunities. “I never received comments from a partner saying that I had ‘done too much’,” she says.
Matthew Lahana of Hooper Lundy & Bookman in San Diego and Shawn Trabanino in Silicon Valley take a look at the practical questions many new summer associates have about how to dress and ask questions with confidence. Lahana says a senior administrative assistant offered the perfect tip. She “explained what Superman instinctively knew. Like most practicing lawyers, I should keep a clean suit in my car, ready to put on when the opportunity arises, but come to work casually and let my job be the main differentiator, ”he says.
And Trabanino advises asking for help when needed: “I tried to learn everything on my own without asking for help until finally I hit a wall. I urge you not to do this, go ahead and ask for help.
BakerHostetler’s Francesca Rogo didn’t have to think about keeping her office attire in her car or harassing her partners in person, as she spent her summer 2020 program working in a tiny one-bedroom apartment in New York. York without a dedicated workspace. “My apartment was littered with draft notes and case notes,” she said, but in the end she had found a way to create order out of the chaos. She advises others to organize themselves in advance.
And finally, Meredith Grant of Bracewell, an associate in Houston, has some tips for new summer associates. “When in doubt, lean on your mentors. Your mentors were in your place not too long ago and there’s a reason the firm hired them to guide you through the summer, ”she says.
Click on the associate names below to read their stories.
In case you missed Part 1, you can read these stories here.