The Summer Associate Program Provides An Enriching Experience

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Kimberly Rippeth

Black McCuskey’s “summer associate” program continues to provide an enriching experience for both students and the firm. 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 with the best and brightest law school students. 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.

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Chelsie Palecek

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, Whitney Willits-Monroe and Rod Moore 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 are the same as other law firms; I think it’s the differences that make our program work so well. We really strive to provide a fulfilling experience that includes many local events and activities in addition to legal work.”

Law school students, Kimberly Rippeth and Chelsie Palecek, both 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.