To serve as liaisons to the professional and social aspects of our program, each summer associate is assigned a Mentor and an Associate Contact prior to their first day. Our lawyers take on these roles willingly in order to begin the integration process as early as possible. There is also the added benefit of lessening first day jitters and making the start of the program of a little less intimidating.
Each mentor is a partner who provides professional guidance, assigns and evaluates work assignments, helps to ensure that his or her summer associate is meeting practice group leaders and other partners, and serves as a general advocate throughout the summer. Mentors are carefully paired with their summer associates based on a variety of factors, and the process works so well that our new associates often request to be matched to the same mentor when they start as a first-year associate.
Associate contacts are junior or mid-level associates who serve as the social liaison for their assigned summer associate. They will make introductions to lawyers from throughout the firm and will help to make the cities where their offices are located feel like home. Many of our associate contacts go above and beyond by hosting backyard barbeques, providing neighborhood tours, and taking our summer associates to hidden treasures that make our various cities unique.