Black McCuskey continues to invest in a “summer associate” program. The firm is committed to finding the best and the brightest law school students to provide them the opportunity to practice what they have learned in law school. The program provides future lawyers the opportunity to gain experience working in a law firm while completing their last year of law school.
An extensive interview process is conducted almost a year in advance. Based on those interviews, one or two students are selected to work during the following summer. They learn a lot in their short time at the firm and we learn a few things from them too. Looking at past history, the summer associate program has been very successful in developing many of the firm’s current attorneys: Jim Wherley, Bob Preston, Robert Murphy, Ryan Kuchmaner and Whitney Willits are all past interns. Attorney Robert Murphy is the coordinator of the summer associate program and notes that, “While some of the things we do in our summer program mirror the structure of other law firms; I think it’s the differences that make our program work so well. We really strive to provide a fulfilling summer experience and a welcoming environment.”
Law school students, Sean Maffett (pictured left) from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Melissa Folan (pictured right) from The University of Akron School of Law, are working at the firm this summer. We are excited to have these excellent students as part of our summer associate program, and look forward to a great experience for them and for us.