Voice of Maslon
I took several years to pursue professional opportunities after college, so I knew that wherever I chose to spend my summer associateship had to provide immediate, tangible opportunities to build legal skills and provide real pathways for future growth. It also needed to be a place that helped its attorneys excel in their roles and provided them space to be true to themselves. Maslon easily met—and exceeded—my expectations.
From the first week as a summer associate, I was given meaningful work where my insight and analysis was not only expected but encouraged. Partners and associates alike took me seriously and, in expecting professional-quality legal work, drove me to produce legal analysis that I was proud of and knew the firm could put to immediate use. Every attorney I worked with made it clear that my contribution meant something to them and to each individual case, but did not want the gravity to intimidate me: their doors were always open, and both formal and informal mentors were happy to go out for lunches, coffees, or just have impromptu chats around the office. In this collegial, iterative landscape, I felt both challenged and empowered.
I was able to work on a huge range of legal topics—many of which were outside the scope of my law school course work. This made the summer challenging and provided a great chance to learn about a wide breadth of the industry. Subjects I worked on included trust and estate disputes, extra-judicial research by judges, resolving issues with a closely held business, as well as work on a high-profile pro bono matter involving environmental protection. Additionally, I had the opportunity to observe appellate level arguments and provide my own insight and feedback to the arguing attorneys afterward.
The energy and positivity of my coworkers at Maslon was as important as the engaging legal work. Maslon goes the extra mile to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for summer associates to get to know each other, associates, and partners in informal and fun ways. Activities included a craft night, slipping out for an afternoon baseball game, and volunteering at pro bono legal clinics. Without a doubt, the highlight of the firm's comradery-building is the annual summer retreat, which featured pontoons, kayaks, great food, and a chance to unwind and get to know my coworkers outside the office. This emphasis on friendship is not just for show, but serves to make sure that the Maslon team knows each other first and foremost as the people they are and not simply as "co-workers".
I feel extremely fortunate to have found my way to Maslon for the summer. I believe anyone looking for a mix of stimulating legal work, a chance to put their skills to immediate use, and to work in a positive and encouraging environment would thrive at Maslon.
University of Minnesota Law School, Class of 2020