On June 3rd, the Asian American Bar Association of New York’s Student Outreach Committee (SOC) hosted a panel discussion about the dos and don’ts of being a virtual summer associate. Haynes and Boone summer associate and SOC Student Leader Julie Choe moderated the panel. The panelists were Andrew T. Hahn, Sr., General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer at Hawkins Delafield & Wood and past AABANY President in 2004; Jeeho Lee, hiring partner at O’Melveny & Myers; Taiyee Chien, summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis and SOC Student Leader; and Victor Roh, summer associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and SOC Marketing Director and Student Leader.
Julie opened the event by introducing the panelists for the evening. The student leaders then shared their experiences as (virtual) summer associates, and discussed a variety of topics with the other panelists including how to gain diverse work experience, how to reach out to partners, the advantages and disadvantages of a remote program, work-life balance, and more. The panelists also discussed the qualities of a good summer associate, which included being attentive to detail, respectful, taking responsibility for mistakes, being responsive to emails, and keeping your camera on during meetings. The panelists also emphasized the importance of building your own unique “brand” at the firm from your particular strengths and character. After the event, the discussion was opened to the attendees for questions.
AABANY thanks SOC for hosting this timely event in the midst of the pandemic and thanks the panelists for sharing their thoughts and experiences about summer associate programs. AABANY SOC will also be hosting several upcoming events, including a mock interview workshop and two panel discussions as part of the Students Meet Firms series. The first panel will feature attorneys from Cleary Gottlieb. The second presentation will discuss the legal recruiting process with recruiters at Shearman & Sterling. To learn more about AABANY’s SOC, click here. To join the SOC slack channel, click here.
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The PALS Thriving as a Summer Associate or Intern of Color Panel will provide students with career development tips to maximize their summer experience. In addition to best practices for doing excellent work, panelists will discuss handling mid-summer evaluations, proper methods of obtaining feedback and developing relationships that will last beyond the summer.
The reception following the panel is open to all attorneys and law students. We invite all practicing attorneys to join us, meet our students and catch-up with old friends. In particular, we encourage attorney mentors and student mentees paired through PALS to attend this event together.
Sean Fairweather Managing Counsel The Bank of New York Mellon
Erin Gladney Partner Mayer Brown LLP
Ronald Sarubbi Partner Perkins Coie LLP
Additional Panelists To Be Announced
Christian Elloie Assistant General Counsel Deloitte LLP
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PALS is dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of minority law students and early career attorneys. PALS does this by offering customized mentoring, educational and professional development opportunities. PALS provides resources to augment the law school and employer training of, respectively, minority law students and beginning lawyers, and will continue to offer its services free of charge.
The application period is now OPEN for the Credit Suisse 2014 PALS Summer Associate Program and will conclude onFriday, January 10, 2014
The Credit Suisse General Counsel Division offers a paid 10 week Summer Associate program geared toward law students who have completed their first year of law school and are interested in gaining “in-house” exposure within the Financial Services Industry. Credit Suisse is interested in recruiting students from PALS.
This program is being offered through the Credit Suisse General Counsel Americas Diversity Committee, which seeks to promote diversity among legal and compliance professionals. Credit Suisse seeks to hire applicants with a diverse range of geographic, socio-economic, and experience backgrounds.
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APPLICATION for further information. The application period is now OPEN and will conclude onFriday, January 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm. Applications will be reviewed and decided on a rolling basis, students are encouraged to apply early.
Should you have any questions regarding the fellowship, please email the Executive Director of PALS, Paula Brown Donaldson, Esq. at email@example.com
During the summer of 2014, many Perkins Coie offices will offer a 1L Diversity Fellowship to students who have completed one year of law school. These fellowships provide students with a paid summer associate position and a $7,500 academic scholarship that is paid at the completion of the summer program.
More information on participating offices, eligibility, and application deadlines can be found at this link: http://bit.ly/ID30xb.