2008 Fellowship Recipients and Summer Associates ProgramAugust 01, 2008
Each year, Godfrey & Kahn invites a group of exceptional law students from around the country to participate in the firm's summer associate program. The program provides students with the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills they have acquired during law school to use by working on cases alongside the firm's attorneys. During their tenure at the firm, summer associates research and write assignments, attend practice group and associate meetings as well as marketing functions. Summer associates can also observe client conferences, closings, depositions and trials.
G&K's 2008 law fellowship recipients, Marvin Bynum II and Andres Cerritos, believe they are not only building their resumes but gaining valuable experience through the summer associate program. The firm's fellowship includes a full-tuition scholarship and provides each student with mentoring by the firm's attorneys.
Marvin, a graduate of Arizona State University in 2006, is a student at Marquette University Law School. He is the second recipient of the firm's law fellowship at Marquette. "My life has changed dramatically since receiving the fellowship," Marvin said. "Being here, I'm actually seeing how the practice of law is undertaken." Marvin is a summer associate in the firm's Milwaukee office. He begins his day at 8:30 a.m. by checking his e-mails and reviewing his notes from the previous day. "After that I could be researching case law in the library or sitting in on a client meeting." He also attends social activities on Thursdays provided by the firm. "My goal is to meet as many attorneys as possible," he said.
Andres, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2003, is a student at the University of Wisconsin Law School and the fourth recipient of the firm's law fellowship at UW Law School. "Godfrey & Kahn has provided me with a quality, multi-faceted support network," Andres said. Andres is a summer associate at G&K's Madison office. He begins his day at 8 a.m., checking and responding to his e-mail. He then begins working on his projects for the day at 9 a.m. "During lunch I go out with the attorneys and discuss practice groups, or talk to a senior attorney about building a successful practice," Andres said.
The firm offers summer associates a diverse experience by assigning them work from attorneys in all of the firm's practice areas. In doing this, summer associates are given the opportunity to become well-rounded attorneys through working on actual cases. "In law school you learn the letter of the law," Marvin said. "But now I'm seeing it first-hand and it has helped me be more creative in my approach to the law."
"My experience here gives me better perspective about applying what I'm learning in school to real cases," Andres said. "I am not only applying the process, but I'm learning how to prioritize and balance my time."
While the program offers a range of learning opportunities, Marvin and Andres believe their work with seasoned attorneys on their cases has been the best experience. "I've most enjoyed getting an opportunity to play lawyer," Marvin said. "I'm given real world projects and seeing what real law practice is like."
"I've enjoyed the range of work I've been doing," Andres said. "I'm working with quality people who are interested in my professional and personal development.