Associate Life

Robert Cobbs


June 22, 2012 9:37 AM | Permalink | Print

Two weeks after our arrival, WilmerHale sent us out to Annapolis to sail on the Chesapeake Bay. It was a beautiful morning, with temperatures in the mid-70s and more wind than you would expect for usually-balmy June.

We took out three boats—an enormous schooner holding about 40 people and two smaller boats of about ten people each. I ended up on one of the smaller boats with two other summer associates, four associates, two significant others, and Captain Bob from Annapolis Bay Charters, who did an admirable job of keeping us afloat.

It was nice to spend a few hours relaxing with the associates—to get a chance to see what life looks like after the bar exam. I’d had dozens of short conversations about law school or practice areas or individual assignments, but until the sailing trip, I hadn’t talked with anyone about our generation’s deep affection for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (there might have been a brief sing-along). I picked WilmerHale in part because it seemed like I would get along with the people here, and it was nice to confirm that.

After a morning of sailing, we were treated to an all-you-can-eat crab feast under a tent right by the water. It turns out "all you can eat” is a lot, even when the eating is a complicated process involving utensils that look like something a tiny Wile E. Coyote would order out of a tiny ACME catalog.