Teamwork, Collaboration, and Good People: My Summer at Hinckley AllenJuly 26, 2019
Much to my disbelief, my time as a Summer Associate with Hinckley Allen is already coming to an end. My ten weeks with the firm has been packed with interesting work assignments, exciting social events, and impactful learning experiences. Here is what I have appreciated most about Hinckley Allen:
Being a Part of the Team
The gift of expectation can be a wonderful thing, and I have been given that gift since my first week with the firm. Over the course of the summer, I have continually been asked and expected to work as an integral part of the Hinckley Allen team. Whether working on a memorandum that was ultimately submitted to court, or conducting research on the most granular of topics, Hinckley Allen’s attorneys consistently entrusted me with important matters.
Land of Opportunity
I spent my summer working in the Firm’s Boston office. However, I never felt as though I was secluded to this location. Rather, due to the interconnected nature of the Firm’s offices and technology, I collaborated with attorneys throughout Hinckley Allen’s New England footprint. As a Summer Associate eager for challenging work, being able to connect with attorneys, regardless of location, significantly increased my exposure to interesting work. Through office visits, I had the opportunity to meet with the attorneys whom I had worked extensively with, albeit remotely. From this, I gained one of the most rewarding experiences of the summer – attending a trial in Hartford for a case I had worked on during the weeks prior. When I showed up to trial, I was introduced to the clients as an important member of the team.
Importance of the Culture & People within the Firm
Through creating personal connections this summer, I learned that Hinckley Allen’s people are not only high-quality lawyers, but also high-quality people I admire. This became evident through both every day office interactions, and out-of-office social events. Whether it was going to a Red Sox game or partaking in the Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s trivia night, I got to know the people at Hinckley Allen. While they each varied by experiences or perspectives, they all made me feel welcome. As important as the work has been to me these past ten weeks, the people have made it worth all the hard work and dedication.
Being a Summer Associate at Hinckley Allen has provided me with valuable experiences and connections. As I continue through the early stages of my legal career, I am confident these experiences and connections will serve as an important asset.
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