2013 Summer Associates Blog
The Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Summer Associate Training Program is a comprehensive learning experience. It incorporates legal research, writing, educational workshops, attendance at hearings, depositions, and mediations, and a simulated trial.
Supervising attorneys coordinate and evaluate work assignments, provide consultation, and ensure that the summer associate becomes involved integrally in handling cases.
In addition to attending seminars and conducting legal research, RKC encourages each summer associate to attend hearings, depositions, and trials, particularly any proceeding for which he or she prepared research and drafted motions and legal briefs.
Litigation practice workshops and a simulated trial expose the summer associate to a litigator's daily tasks. The workshops teach the "nuts and bolts" of trial practice, and assist the summer associate in preparing for the trial. Much of the firm participates as coaches, judges, witnesses, and jurors. Teams of summer associates conduct the trials in a spirit of educational competition.
Finally, social and recreational events, including parties at partners' homes, the annual firm summer picnic, and an annual golf outing complete the summer. These activities allow summer associates to know the firm's members on a more personal level in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, and provide an opportunity to simply have some fun.
The firm's goal is to expose summer associates to virtually every aspect of a career as a Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell trial attorney, in an interesting, challenging, and rewarding manner.