Voice of Maslon
Having attended law school in New York, I was a little hesitant about reaching out to firms in a completely different state to spend my 2L summer. How would I know which firm was the right fit without having any insider feedback from my peers and professors? However, the recruiting team at Maslon made it easy for me: they went out of their way to put me in contact with attorneys from all different backgrounds, even after my interview process was officially over, to make sure I had all of my questions answered. It quickly became clear that Maslon was a place that could be more than just a pit stop in my legal career—it could be a place where I could call home.
Compared to my experiences with other firms both in New York and Minnesota, it was clear that the attorneys at Maslon were smart and excelled at their work, but didn’t take themselves too seriously. They had genuine relationships with each other, both in and out of the office. Just because an attorney was more junior didn't make them less valued—everyone was a meaningful part of the team. And to top it all off, they cared about their community, and everyone I spoke with was able to tell me about a pro bono case they had worked on.
All of these impressions were only reinforced when I began my summer at Maslon. On my first day as a summer associate, I was bombarded with "welcome to the firm!" emails and requests to grab coffee or lunch from partners and associates alike. I immediately felt like part of the team. I was never afraid to ask questions, and everyone I interacted with gave me candid advice. In addition, I was pleased to be given the opportunity to work on a wide variety of assignments—my summer was not spent alone in front of Westlaw for 8 hours a day. Instead, I was also able to attend hearings and arbitrations, draft a brief for a pro bono client's case after meeting with the client, and prepare a presentation that would be presented to one of the firm's practice groups.
Throughout the summer, Maslon also provided fun, out-of-office experiences for connecting with my fellow summer associates and all of the attorneys at the firm. Some of these experiences were planned—like a mid-day Twins Game and a lake-side dinner at one of the partner's homes—while others were more spontaneous—4 PM emails telling me to meet in the lobby in fifteen minutes to go grab happy hour. The highlight of my summer was probably getting to attend the firm's annual retreat in northern Wisconsin, where I got the chance to see the firm's usually down-to-earth attorneys really let their hair down. The retreat proved that Maslon "puts its money where its mouth is," so to say, with respect to intra-firm relationships.
I'm so thankful that I trusted my gut and spent my summer at Maslon. It was everything I hoped to find during my 2L summer: a wide variety of meaningful legal work, amazing people, and a firm that felt like home.
New York University School of Law, Class of 2020