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G&K Welcomes Marquette University's First Recipient of the Godfrey & Kahn Fellowship in Law:

Recipient Joshuah Torres shares his experiences as a summer associate
September 01, 2007

In fall 2006, Godfrey & Kahn announced its partnership with Marquette University Law School to establish the Godfrey & Kahn Fellowship in Law. The fellowship is awarded annually to a first-year law student, with the selection designed to promote diversity within the law school student body.

The fellowship includes a full scholarship for each of the three years the recipient is enrolled in law school, as well as mentoring by Godfrey & Kahn attorneys and employment as a summer associate at the firm. Joshuah Torres, the first recipient of the fellowship, recently completed his first year as a summer associate at the firm.

Torres, who began his second year of law school at Marquette University in September, is a 2004 graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he majored in management science. There he was the recipient of the Provost's Honor and was named to the National Dean's List. After he completed his undergraduate work, Torres worked as a legal assistant for two law offices in California.

Prior to starting his time as a summer associate, Godfrey & Kahn attorneys provided Torres with valuable advice during his first year of law school.

"The mentoring attorneys were more than willing to give me advice on preparing for final exams and the upcoming summer at G&K," said Torres. "The G&K attorneys really made my first year of law school more manageable, and calmed my nerves before going into the summer associate program."

As a first-year summer associate, Torres had the opportunity to work with a variety of practice groups including Corporate, Financial Institutions, Indian Nations, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Securities. Working with a wide-range of practice groups allowed him the opportunity to practice due diligence, draft memos, attend meetings, and conduct research, he said.

And while Torres admits that there is plenty of work that needs to be completed within the walls of Godfrey & Kahn, he enjoyed the fact that the summer associates also had the opportunity to spend time outside of the office.

"We got to travel to Madison to have lunch with Chief Justice Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court on a work day. Not too many people can say they have had lunch with a Chief Justice. We also put up dry wall in a Habitat for Humanity house. That was a lot of fun," Torres said.

And as with any new job, there were definitely some challenging moments. Torres said his most challenging was writing a client update for the Labor & Employment Team.

"It sounds like an easy task, writing a small memo regarding a recent court decision, but it was not. I had to write the client update in 'plain English,' meaning that anyone should be able to understand it," said Torres. "I spent my entire first year of law school learning how to write a traditional legal memo, and there I was with the task of writing far from a traditional legal memo."

Along with working on challenging projects with a number of practice groups, Torres said that having the opportunity to work with other summer associates challenged him academically.

"Working with upper division law students who are at the top of their class made me want to emulate them and be a top student myself," he said. "I also had the opportunity to get to know the people at G&K. I must say, it truly is the people at G&K that make the experience so rewarding.

"People say that being a summer associate is the best job in the world, and now that I have done it, I fully agree."

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