Associate Life

Robert Cobbs


June 15, 2012 11:23 AM | Permalink | Print

For non-natives, it can be hard to get used to navigating in DC. You really only need to know a couple of basic rules: the number streets go north-south, and the letter/word streets go east-west, oriented around the Capitol; avenues cut diagonally across the streets. So in most circumstances, it’s not too difficult to figure out where you are and how to get to where you want to be.

Navigating the WilmerHale building is proving to be a bit more challenging. There are three buildings, but two of them are designated "East.” There’s an elevated walkway that dead-ends into a wall. And I keep wondering why the elevator isn’t going anywhere, only to remember that I have to swipe my security badge. But I’m getting the hang of it. I can find the coffee—vitally important—and the gym. And I haven’t yet gotten stuck on the Bridge to Nowhere.

The metaphorical navigation is going pretty well too. I’ve got my desk and my computer, and the Information Services folks are miraculously sending my work email to my regular old phone (other Summer Associates chose new Blackberries, but I don’t need any more hardware in my pockets). More importantly, I’ve talked with my partner mentor, Dave Donovan; my associate mentor, Ayo Badejo; and my work assignment coordinator, Jake Oyloe.

I’ve also got my first assignment—a research project looking into the relationship between acts of Congress and DC laws. I feel like I’m gradually getting accustomed to the work. With luck, by the end of the summer I’ll feel like I can navigate the law—or at least not get too lost in it.