Careers: Voice of a 2016 Summer Associate

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VOICE OF A 2016 SUMMER ASSOCIATE:
MARY HEATH

University of Minnesota Law School, Class of 2017

During OCI my primary consideration was finding a firm that planned to invest in me as much as I planned to invest in it. Throughout my summer, Maslon delivered exactly that.

From day one I felt like a valued member of the Maslon family. Following an all-firm welcome breakfast, a tour of Maslon's extensive art collection, and countless introductions, the summer coordinators put us to work on real projects for real clients with real deadlines. Every case I worked on presented complex issues and exposed me to different areas of the law. I wrote research memoranda, dispositive motions, and a mediation statement. With each new assignment I met with the assigning attorney to receive details and discuss parameters. As in real practice, I was left to utilize my resources, such as the amazing research librarians, my formal writing mentor, and my legal administrative assistant. If I needed a sounding board or a second set of eyes to proofread, both my formal and informal mentors were happy to oblige. After submitting my work, the assigning attorneys took the time to provide me substantive feedback. They pointed out what I had done well and challenged me by providing opportunities to build on my projects. As a result, I grew tremendously as a writer during the short ten weeks.

If this commitment to my professional growth wasn't enough to convince me that Maslon was invested in my future with the firm, the countless lunches, happy hours, and coffee breaks sealed the deal. Every Monday the summer associates and summer coordinators met for a status lunch. Afterwards, a senior partner would give us a presentation (which was almost always a casual conversation) aimed at helping us better understand the firm. Just to name a few well-spent afternoons, we learned about the firm's history, the inner workings of the business, and different practice groups. The level of transparency blew me away, as did Maslon's clear commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive community. The summers were invited to a partner's home for the partner dinner, an associate's home for the associate's respective party, and to my hands down favorite summer event: the summer retreat in Northern Wisconsin. There, I competed alongside associates and partners in Olympic-themed games, sat out on the patio, learned to trap shoot, went on boat rides, and reveled in the tradition that is the annual retreat. I could go on for pages describing the many more impromptu after-work gatherings and summer associate specific events. However, the general takeaway is that Maslon is full of fun, authentic people, and there is never a dull moment as a summer associate.

I could not have asked for a better summer, and I am excited to begin my legal career with this amazing firm.

Mary Heath
University of Minnesota Law School, Class of 2017



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