Godfrey & Kahn is proud of its long-standing relationship with the University of Michigan. Since founding partners Dudley Godfrey, a University of Michigan Law School graduate, and Gerald Kahn established the law firm in 1957, the firm has interviewed students in Ann Arbor. Today, we have a strong network of Michigan alumni at our firm - seven attorneys have graduated from the University of Michigan Law School.
Godfrey & Kahn has partnered with the University of Michigan's Green OCI program to help fight global warming by offsetting the emissions from the University of Michigan interview process. The firm has purchased carbon offsets which are a market mechanism to help reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions.
Godfrey & Kahn has purchased these offsets from NativeEnergy, a privately held Native American energy company. NativeEnergy helps build Native American, farmer-owned and charitable purpose renewable energy projects that create social, economic and environmental benefits.
"Starting long before I was a first-year summer associate at Godfrey & Kahn, our firm has recruited extensively at the University of Michigan Law School. Our Michigan recruiting efforts have continued very successfully since then and we look forward to interviewing on-campus twice every year.
I very much enjoyed my time as a first-year summer associate at G&K. The summer program allowed me to explore my practical interests as an attorney while getting to know and enjoy the city, the G&K attorneys and staff, and my peers. At the end of the first-year program, I returned to Michigan with a more practical perspective on legal issues, a better understanding of my interests and a great appreciation for the city of Milwaukee and G&K (and, by the way, about 10 pounds heavier from all of the lunches and happy hours!).
Since my summer associate years, Godfrey & Kahn has proven to be a firm with the highest standards of legal expertise, client service, professional development, entrepreneurship and integrity. I am very proud of our firm and its positive, inclusive and fun culture. And I am very excited and optimistic about my future at G&K and the future of our firm."
"Accepting the summer associate offer from Godfrey & Kahn was one of the easiest decisions that I have had to make over the course of the last few years. I was looking for a firm where I could work on interesting, complex, and fulfilling legal issues and a firm that had a commitment to training and developing their associates, not for two or three years, but for a lifetime. I wanted to find an organization that rewarded hard work, dedication and ability, yet still understood the importance of family and a sense of community. I sought a firm where the attorneys understood that law was primarily about service to the client and working together as a team and a place where I would work with exceptional attorneys. Many firms have some of these qualities, but only a few firms are able to combine them all. In my interviews, Godfrey & Kahn touted these things, and since then, Godfrey & Kahn has delivered."
Summer Associate Testimonials
"I was drawn to Godfrey & Kahn because of the firm’s commitment to client-centered advocacy that cuts through complexity, gets to the heart of the problem, and wins what matters most. I’m the type of person who wants to help people succeed in critical situations, and being a summer associate at the firm allowed me to work with attorneys who shared this work ethos.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a summer associate at the firm for many reasons. First, the experiences pushes law students, many of whom have done legal writing and research within the confines of a 1L course, to actively consider client concerns regarding work product and costs, research in a targeted manner, and distill the information in a manner accessible to the client. Second, the experience emphasizes the importance of backwards planning, and beginning with the end in the mind; in order to understand what a successful outcome would look like, an attorney has to be able to plot the action steps and resources needed. Finally, the experience is geared towards personal and professional growth; instead of working on inconsequential items, I worked on substantive matters, traveled with attorneys to meet with clients, and saw how my efforts helped contribute to effective client counseling.
Godfrey & Kahn is a place where attorneys do hard work every day, and do it well. At once both intellectually serious and noticeably collegial, the firm reminds me of those qualities that made me choose Michigan Law as the place to pursue my legal education. Most importantly, the firm is committed to the type of development I believe is crucial for legal professionals. The firm does not believe in the revolving-door approach common to many firms where associates are understood to leave in a few years to the next such firm. Rather, the firm embraces lifelong learning alongside exceptional attorneys committed to hard work, integrity, and community. I’m excited and honored to be joining Godfrey & Kahn."
Stevin George, University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctor Candidate, 2017