Daniel Rosenthal '10: International Arbitration in the Nation's Capital
I originally chose to come to the Washington, D.C., office of White & Case LLP in the summer of 2008 because I wanted to find a place that would allow me to work on international matters involving clients around the world. Now, over a year later, I am finishing up my second summer with White & Case and I could not be happier with my decision. Whether researching a point of law that might be argued in an international arbitration submission or having a strategy meeting to discuss an antitrust matter, associates and partners alike have been great about seeking out my input and making me feel like part of the team.
I have had the opportunity to work on a number of interesting and challenging projects over the past two summers. I have spent the bulk of my time working in the international arbitration practice group on matters being heard in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). This work has ranged from reviewing investment documentation in preparation for a submission to writing memos on key points of law and fact in cases involving clients in South America, Eastern Europe and Asia.
I have also been able to work on a number of interesting domestic and international litigation matters. One such assignment tasked me with drafting an amicus brief on behalf of a Middle Eastern government for a multidistrict litigation matter involving an alleged antitrust violation.
Yet, sometimes it is the unconventional assignments that you receive as a summer associate that can be the most rewarding. For instance, one of the partners at White & Case, Carolyn Lamm, was recently elected president of the American Bar Association. Over the summer, I have been tasked with helping to draft several of the speeches that she will be giving in this capacity. Having the opportunity to participate in this endeavor has been a tremendously satisfying experience.
Lastly, one thing that was very important to me when I was looking at summer associate opportunities was to find a place that would encourage and allow me to do meaningful pro bono assignments. That has certainly been my experience over the past two summers. For example, I got the chance to work on an immigration issue involving a woman who was the victim of domestic violence and was being deported from the country. Over the course of the summer, I researched the important issues involved in the case and prepared a memorandum of my findings. Yet my work did not stop there. I was then able to use this knowledge when we met and worked with our client in her detention facility and at her hearing. It was a powerful experience to meet this woman and see that there was a face and a voice affected by the work that we were doing.
Working as a summer associate has been equal parts busy, challenging and gratifying. I have spent some late nights at the office while other nights have been spent at baseball games, concerts or other events around town. All in all, my summers have been well-rounded and rewarding experiences.