Preparations were made for the 2020 Summer Associate Program several months ago, but as we approached the summer months, significant changes to the way we live and the way we conduct business became the new “normal”. Amidst the uncertainly, one thing remains constant - our commitment to our clients, community, and co-workers. We are proud that our implementation of the necessary safety protocols, procedures, and technology allowed us to maintain business continuity, and enabled us to proceed with our annual Summer Associate program. Although internal and client meetings, trials, and events were held virtually, the Summer Associates remained active participants and were assigned the same workload and legal assignments as prior years. Rotating office schedules allowed for time to be spent in the West Palm Beach office for socially distanced interactions with our attorneys and staff.
Jones Foster’s Summer Associate Program is designed to allow law students to work with multiple practice groups to broaden their knowledge and facilitate communication with attorneys in each department. They are challenged with a variety of projects and have the opportunity to attend trials, hearings, depositions, and negotiations. Each receives firsthand experience by participating in departmental meetings, working with clients, and learning from our experienced attorneys and esteemed Shareholders. This year’s program included an introduction to marketing and business development, an often overlooked yet increasingly important area of study for young attorneys seeking to build a practice.
The 2020 Summer Associates, Hanna Rubin, Kassie Satterly, and John Campos, reflect on their time at Jones Foster and share takeaways from their unique experience.