My name is Matthew Ross, and I’m a summer associate. I’ve been working here since May, so about 4 months. The work that is delegated to me is really hands-on. The attorneys are really always willing to give you feedback, point you in the right direction.
I’ve worked with a whole bunch of attorneys—Bill Geller and another associate. I’ve done work for Adam Leitman Bailey, pretty much all these attorneys. When they give you work to do, it’s substantial work. You’re not doing paralegal work. A lot of other summer associates at big firms, or even smaller firms—the work that’s delegated to them, it’s not really legal work. It’s more administrative work.
The work you get here you really get to experience what it’s like being an attorney—the manners of law and writing motions. One attorney, when he took me to court, he told me that you never have to agree to anything. I think that, as a law student, when you’re in law school, you always think that if someone tells you to do something, you have to agree to it, and do it.
What I took away from that, as an attorney, you really have discretion for what you want to do. Be prepared to work, but work hard and enjoy what you’re doing and you will get a lot out of it.