Associate Life

Robert Cobbs

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July 17, 2012 12:04 PM | Permalink | Print

Last week, the summer associates from New York and the West Coast stopped here in Washington DC for two days of training and mingling—almost like a summer associate retreat. The trainings were focused on living life at the firm rather than more granular skills like how to write a memo. We started off with breakfast and a panel discussion with associates; then we had a lunch discussion on building relationships. In the afternoon, we got a presentation on the business of law from our CFO, Norma Edmiston, and had a question and answer session with our managing partners, Susan Murley and Bob Novick.

To round out the first day, we all went to dinner at Georgia Brown’s, a southern-food restaurant that is rapidly becoming a Washington institution. After heaping helpings of fried green tomatoes, bacon-wrapped dates and the best fried chicken I’ve ever had, it seemed almost criminal to top it off with homemade peach cobbler. But who could resist?

The next morning we met legendary appellate advocate Seth Waxman, who talked about his career as solicitor general and his practice since then. We spent some time talking about implicit bias and how to resist it; and we went over WilmerHale’s core competencies—the rubrics by which we’re evaluated as lawyers. Then, in the afternoon, we said goodbye to our new-found friends from the other offices. Hopefully we’ll see them again soon.