By Chase Wilson, Hurst Limontes LLC
Last year, the Indianapolis Bar Association kicked off its inaugural Hour of Power in March, hosted by IndyBar’s Professionalism Committee. The goals of this new event were to gather members in one location for a casual lunch with other Indianapolis professionals every other month and to support local businesses with the aim of fostering relationships that could lead to a portion of the proceeds from these events to support the Indianapolis Bar Association & Foundation.
Obviously, goals one and two were derailed soon after the program began by something you might have heard of: COVID-19. It became impossible to meet in person and mingle, specifically at restaurants as we’d previously planned, so we’ve had to pivot (holding back my Ross Gellar impersonation) to a more realistic approach given the current safety concerns.
Instead of in-person, casual lunches with other professionals, we’ve decided, at least for now, to host Zoom webinars with different speakers each month so that we can continue to get together, learn from each other and see some friendly faces. On April 14 from noon to 1 p.m., we’ll be hosting our first Hour of Power” of the year with a panel made up of Jana Matthews of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and James Zoccola of Lewis Kappes PC. They'll be discussing the best practices for law students heading into summer clerkships. To sign up, go here!
This is a great opportunity for law students who may be about to take on summer clerkships, lawyers and law firms who may be looking for a summer clerk and anyone who wishes to improve on the experience provided to their clerks.
As an anecdote, my clerk experience was one that led me to a career that I never imagined. I came into my interview with Hurst Limontes LLC believing I was interviewing for a clerkship at a corporate law firm, because at the time, three of the four partners practiced corporate law of some nature. I was a bit downtrodden when I discovered I was actually interviewing to clerk for a personal injury firm. All I’d ever heard about personal injury firms was negative, to be nice. After two years of clerkship and nearly five years as an attorney, I can honestly say accepting that clerkship was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. So, my advice to prospective clerks and firms looking for clerks is to look outside of what you’ve perceived as your ideal field or prospect. You may be surprised at what you fall in love with.
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