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Bodman Summer Associate Alumni Testimonials

In Their Own Words

We feel that the best spokespersons for our summer program are our alumni, many of whom are members of our current legal staff. Here are comments from some of our alumni about their experiences in Bodman’s summer program.


 

“Before starting as a summer associate at Bodman, I did not know what to expect. No one in my family was a lawyer and this field that I was entering was very new to me. I was welcomed by every individual I encountered, including staff, associates, and partners. I was exposed to every practice group at the firm and had the opportunity to work closely with associates and partners at all levels. I attended client meetings and networking events with the firm. I was provided with an accurate depiction of what the life of a real attorney would look like. I also made a lot of great friends in the process as we went out to lunch almost daily, attended a tigers game and the summer folly with all the associates. I started at Bodman uncertain as to where this experience would take me, but left knowing exactly where I belong in this firm!”

Nadine A. Hessi
Detroit Office
Summer Associate Classes of 2019 and 2020

“My summer associate experience at Bodman exceeded my highest of expectations by providing an accurate sense of life as a first-year associate. From day one — I interacted with and worked alongside the brightest attorneys in their fields on real matters and received individualized feedback. I performed substantive work in a wide variety of legal areas, and developed great working relationships with associates and partners in various practice group. Bodman’s program really strikes the perfect balance between work and play, which made for a professionally challenging and socially enjoyable summer. I am thankful to have obtained so many supportive and intuitive mentors who also have a balanced perspective on life. The unique culture of collegiality is one of the things that truly sets Bodman apart. More importantly, Bodman’s culture is one that equally values diversity, respects differences and recognizes unique perspectives.”

Alexis A. Smith-Scott
Detroit Office
Summer Associate Class of 2020

“Bodman delivered on everything they promised during the interview process – challenging and substantive work, a collegial work environment, and the opportunity to discover the practice group that best fit me.  As a passionate law student who was filled with questions about where I would fit in as an attorney, Bodman was my solution.  Throughout my summer experience, I was given assignments that enabled me to explore all my potential areas of interest.  Talented attorneys were then willing to take as much time as necessary to provide perspective on how those assignments fit into the bigger picture of the day-to-day life in that practice group.  This experience left me confident in Bodman and the work I will be doing for years to come.”

Alexander J. Burridge
Detroit Office

Summer Associate Class of 2019

“As a Bodman summer associate, you get a unique chance to work on legal problems in a variety of practice areas, with experienced experts focused on helping you learn. It’s a great opportunity to explore your interests, do work that impacts our clients, and get a practical sense of what you want your practice to look like. In Bodman’s summer associate program, I got my first exposure to my current practice area, I learned what it was like to work for a wide array of our members, and I saw a realistic picture of full-time practice as an associate.”

Jaron M. Bentley
Ann Arbor Office
Summer Associate Class of 2016