In preparation for our 2013 Summer Associate program, I’ve been working on a project that will be a useful tool for our incoming summer classes. This project quotes anonymous evaluations of previous summer associates by Bilzin attorneys over the last few years and is broken down by topic. These topics include attitude, time management, preparation & organization, attention to detail, communication, writing and oral presentation. This chart of “The Do’s & Don’ts of a Successful Summer” will provide a glimpse of what the attorneys like and don’t like in terms of the topics listed above. However, it does not include “off the record” type tips like the ones listed below.
- Stay current with firm news – read the posts on the firm website, firm blogs and any news on the firm intranet. It’s always good to know what’s going on around you and this helps with conversation topics as well! It also helps to read the local newspaper to see if any attorneys are quoted or to have a few cocktail reception talking points of interest.
- Get Involved - Get to know all levels of attorneys and staff where you spent your summer, participate in all offered events as well as events with your mentors and fellow summer associates.
- Be Well-Rounded – Try to not be too much of anything and be open-minded about practice areas and assignment types, don’t shy away from something because you don’t know how to do it.
- Immerse yourself in the Magic City - Don’t just learn about the firm’s or organization’s culture; learn about the Miami culture too. Go to different neighborhoods and try doing fun things outside of work that aren’t already part of your awesome summer event lineup!
- And last but not least, genuinely care about your summer – If you care about your job, it will show in your work product and people will notice.
We are so excited to welcome our new summer class within a month! Our team has prepared what will undoubtedly be a memorable 9 weeks of summer at Bilzin and we are looking forward to a very successful summer.
The Dodge Squad
Last night, the Bilzin Sumberg Dodge Squad squared off against three other South Florida law firms in a dodgeball tournament to raise funds and awareness for United Way of Miami Dade.
We risked life and limb (both as players and spectators), but our awesome coaches Al Dotson & Bryan Hawks made sure everyone brought their A game and team spirit. We also had some very special guests (including Zo!!) on our team – Kyle Morabito from last summer and Adam Fischer, an incoming 2013 summer associate.
While we weren’t able to bring home the championship, the evening benefited a great charity and we all came together with the common goal of pounding other law firms with foam balls. The proceeds from the event were significant, so our community was the real winner. Besides, we always have next year!
We are excited to have concluded our recruiting for the 2013 Summer Associates and are looking forward to another great summer. The future bloggers (aka, our incoming summer associates) are:
- Naomi Alzate, Boston College, JD expected 2014
- Adam Fischer, University of Miami, JD expected 2014
- Veronica Gordon, Vanderbilt University, JD expected 2014
- Carly Grimm, University of Florida, JD expected 2014
- Om Pandya, Duke University, JD expected 2015
- Eryca Schiffman, University of Miami, JD expected 2014
We’ve settled on the date for the start of the summer program in June and have encouraged the summer class to get in touch with each other; hopefully, they’ll have the opportunity to get to know each other before the summer starts.
Now that we’ve concluded our summer recruiting, we can focus on building the summer programming and thinking about mentors.
Adam Lustig, Eryca Schiffman (2013 Summer Associate), Michael Levine and Adam Fischer (2013 Summer Associate)
We are pleased to share that we concluded our 2L recruiting a couple of months ago, and will have five 2L law students in the 2013 Summer Associate Program.
A full blog entry will be posted when our summer class is complete – we began our 1L interviewing this month.
Last week, we had an opportunity to introduce the first year associates and some of the 2012 Summer Associates (our first bloggers!) to a few of the the incoming summer associates (future bloggers!) at the firm’s year-end party.
I think everyone enjoyed the company, the venue and the food! It was a nice opportunity to appreciate how lucky we are and to wish everyone a happy, healthy and bright 2013!
Here are some additional photos from the party:
First Year Associate, John Atkinson, reads to preschool students as part of the Read for the Record program.
. . .and practice makes perfect. So, last week 12 attorneys and managers read - to preschoolers – the book Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman as part of Read for the Record, an international event aimed at raising awareness about the importance of reading to young children.
We’ve written about the value of community involvement and pro bono during the summer associate program here and here, but it was nice to see some of our first year associates taking that to heart as they start their legal careers.
It was also really fun to see John Atkinson & Andrew Pompa interacting with preschool children. I can assure you that was the first time these junior associates read about ladybugs during the workday!
Each of the twelve volunteers read to a class of children at Catholic Charities Sagrada Familia Childcare Center, a center serving low income families in Miami, and United Way Impact Partner. Our participation was part of our involvement with the United Way of Miami-Dade.
L to R: John Atkinson, Kathryn DeMarco, Rena Kelley, Daniel Tropin & Brandon Rose
Whoops! I meant, Five Law School Graduates Enter
a THE Bar. It sounds like the start to a corny joke, but it’s not.
We are delighted to announce that five of our first year associates were sworn into the Florida Bar this afternoon.
The Honorable Ellen Leesfield administered the Oath of Admission in a private ceremony in her courtroom. Judge Leesfield spoke to our newest associates about maintaining professional integrity and developing a strong professional reputation early in their careers.
The post-ceremony lunch with family and spouses was a nice way to celebrate a big day. Congrats to our newest bar members!
The 2011 Summer Associates show up for work! L to R: Wendy Francois, John Atkinson, Rena Kelley, Kathryn DeMarco and Brandon Rose
In my previous posts, I’ve discussed how our attorneys enjoy the summer program. We get equally excited about the incoming first year associates. All of our hard work recruiting, selecting, mentoring, training, and getting know the summer associates is rewarded when they show up at our door as first year associates!
Yesterday, the 2011 Summer Associates joined the firm as attorneys. We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome them and an additional first year associate (not pictured: Daniel Tropin) to the firm.
Welcome to all of our first year associates!
Future Bilzin Sumberg lawyers!
We previously discussed how it was our pleasure to extend offers to the entire 2012 Summer Associate Class. Bilzin Sumberg is even more delighted to announce that all of them have accepted those offers to return to the firm!!
In addition to the effort the summer associates put forth to receive their offers, we do want to acknowledge those attorneys who participated in making the summer associate experience a “real” one and they too deserve our collective appreciation.
Whether those attorneys:
they did their part to ensure that the summer experience was a rewarding one and would make Bilzin Sumberg a place where the summer associates could envision practicing law.
Veronica is officially the first summer associate in the 2013 class. We are in full on-campus and callback interview mode – as recruiting season has gained momentum.
We are looking forward to announcing the full 2013 Summer Class in the next few months.
I think the summer associates had a fantastic experience during the program and I hope they feel that we honored our commitments to them.
From the firm’s perspective, we feel like they certainly honored their commitment to us. They were serious about the work, made a strong effort to interact socially and professionally with everyone in the firm, and they worked collaboratively as a group.
We appreciate the efforts that our 2012 Summer Associate class put forth and are delighted to announce that we extended offers to each of them. We hope the relationships the summer associates started to build with Bilzin Sumberg attorneys will endure and grow when they join us as practicing attorneys.
We will miss this class and are excited to begin recruiting next year’s summer class!
The Summer Associates on the last day of the program after their ice cream social farewell.
This summer has proven to be an incredible experience. Not only did I get a chance to meet and befriend an intelligent and interesting group of people, I was able to learn from them and sharpen my own skill sets.
From meeting clients, to attending court hearings, to simply sharing a meal with an attorney, I always felt that the firm and its attorneys had my best interest at heart.
Bilzin Sumberg truly invests a lot of time and energy on the summer associate program. For example, attorney mentors are carefully vetted so as to make our experience unique and rewarding. The ViDesktop system (the system where attorneys input assignments so that summer associates can pick from a pool) also allows the summers to tailor their summer experience to fit their overall career goals. The social events for the summer are organized in a way that allows the summers to meet as many attorneys as possible. Finally, the summer program stresses the importance of community service and involvement.
The efforts made by Marshall Pasternack, Jessica Buchsbaum, and my mentor, Wendy Polit, to make this summer unforgettable are truly appreciated!