Voice of Maslon
While any firm can claim that their summer associates receive "real work," there was never any doubt about the relevance of our work assignments at Maslon. After drafting dissolution documents for a limited liability company, I met face to face with the client and presented my research findings alongside another associate. Rather than spending my summer compiling various 50-state surveys, my research memos were used in oral arguments at court and helped influence our clients' strategies in litigation. The research topics were wide-ranging, from attorney-client privilege and products liability to beer distributorships and lead regulations. Various assignments allowed me to work closely with partners, while other projects required a quick turnaround to answer a client's pressing issue. While the work was intellectually stimulating and challenging, the program coordinators made sure it was never too overwhelming or burdensome.
From day one, it was clear that Maslon views summer associates not just as interchangeable numbers to fill but as valued investments of the firm. Each summer associate was given an associate mentor, partner mentor, and writing mentor to help guide us through the summer and provide detailed feedback on our assignments. But really, the mentorship extended throughout the firm. Both partners and associates alike would reach out nearly every day to get to know us and offer guidance over coffee or lunch. And during after-work gatherings and dinners, we got to see that Maslon's commitment to family life and work balance are not merely empty catchalls but fundamental values shared throughout the firm. Maslon features some of the smartest, most accomplished attorneys in the Twin Cities, and just as important, these are well-rounded people striving to achieve good for the broader community.
This experience was made all the more rewarding by the extensive observation and community involvement opportunities over the summer. I heard oral arguments at the Minnesota Supreme Court, sat in on contract negotiations, helped write wills for first responders through Wills for Heroes, attended workshops with local nonprofits, and joined firm meetings with both litigation and corporate attorneys. Whether it be sitting in on a deposition or working with pro bono clients, Maslon was dedicated to catering the summer to our goals and interests. For all the nerves and anxiety I had entering the summer about life as a summer associate, at summer's end I couldn't have imagined a more rewarding experience.
The George Washington University Law School, Class of 2018