Jamar Walker '11: The Freedom to Explore at Patton Boggs

July 20, 2009

I have had an amazing summer in Washington, D.C., working for Patton Boggs LLP, the nation's top public policy firm and one of the best work environments in which a law student could be fortunate enough to spend a summer.

Jamar Walker '11 is working for Patton Boggs this summer.

Unlike many firms across the country, I have not been restricted to working in one particular practice area. Patton Boggs wants its summer employees to grow, to experience the breadth of the practice groups the firm has to offer, and most importantly, to be proactive.

Though my primary interest has been litigation, I have had assignments working for members of the securitization team, the real estate team, as well as the public policy group. I have been able to go on tag-alongs to Capitol Hill and sit in on Senate and House committee meetings, as well as gain first-hand exposure to the courtroom, helping draft direct and cross-examinations and watch trials as they happened.

Not only does the firm want its summers to work with billable clients, but Patton Boggs' pro bono focus is truly rare. Pro bono work is not just recommended, it is expected and applauded. My favorite assignments this summer have been working with pro bono clients — women seeking permanent protective orders from spouses who abused them and devising ways for community organizations to receive government funding.

The partners, associates, recruiting department and staff at Patton Boggs have welcomed me since day one. It has become abundantly clear over the course of this summer that every member of the firm cares about our success and will do what it is necessary to ensure that we succeed.

Fortunately for the summer associates at Patton Boggs, our class is small. I have formed extremely close relationships with every other member of my class, and the size of the class has enabled us to take on more projects and to interact with more attorneys on a daily basis. I was truly fortunate to find a job like this for my 1L summer, and I would recommend this firm to any member of the Class of 2011.

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