Donna Fendon-Allen & Daniel Wilcox 2013-08-23 00:34:17
Blackacre, The Reasonable Person and The Socratic Method . . . As They Apply In The Real World There are certain things in the legal profession that you cannot simply learn from a textbook. Throughout much of our first year in law school, we have wondered about the significance of all the case briefing, researching and endless memos. It all became clear on our first few weeks of interning for the Fendon Law Firm. The knowledge we have acquired will follow us both throughout our professional career. The importance of case briefing and researching became clear when we were asked to do our first court pleading. Our numerous Westlaw workshops would finally pay off . Instead of researching for “the reasonable person,” we were dealing with a real person with real problems. In addition to the court pleading, we were able to help the attorneys determine the best remedy for another potential client. As a result of this work, both of us began to worry about this client like she was our own. We spent late nights trying to find applicable case law and finally draft ed a well-founded memo that should help her claim. The benefit of doing research for the attorneys has taught us both some of the things law school seems to sweep aside: these are real people, with real problems, who are relying on us. Without that aspect, it is hard to understand the importance of research. Interning does just that. A law student discovers that through all the long hours researching you begin to truly care about the end result. Throughout our journey at the Fendon Law Firm, mentoring has been one of the biggest advantages. We watched videos in law school of a frightened intern on their first day being assigned an issue and explaining the relevance of his research, but to experience such in real life is very different. An intern should be confident when addressing the attorneys and prove that they are knowledgeable and tenacious to complete any necessary projects. The Fendon Law Firm has allowed us to continually handle challenging cases by completing in-depth research and providing supplementary analyses. It is incredibly rewarding to follow a legal issue from the initial research, to submitting the analysis to the judge, and then finally witnessing your hard work being presented in court. As interns, we have the advantage of an unbiased opinion. It is important to remember that an attorney is human and may overlook some details. This is where an intern provides a fresh perspective and initiative in conveying the law to the attorney that he may not have considered. Highlighting the importance of such details with relevant case law could result in enhancing an argument. This is a prime example of the benefit of truly utilizing an intern. In addition, interning has helped us realize the importance of teamwork in a successful law firm. In order to thrive, you have to be able to learn from others. Fendon Law Firm is incredible because, they rely on each other and if one attorney has a question, the others are always willing to provide input. They have accepted us both in their professional family too. They value our perspective and trust that we are capable of providing a contribution. The attorneys at the Fendon Law Firm give us constant feedback on how we should be writing and presenting ourselves to be a successful attorney. This feedback is invaluable to our professional growth. Each attorney has an individual style, which shows that we can become a successful attorney in our own way. Thus far, interning at the Fendon Law has been an incredibly rewarding experience. We hope other interns receive as much preparation for entering the legal profession as we have. Through the use of interns, lawyers are bettering the legal profession. You are helping produce lawyers who can work with real people and handle a variety of life situations, something a textbook does not teach you. With more interning and mentoring, you are utilizing a law student’s knowledge and ensuring a bright future for the legal profession. Donna Fendon-Allen is a second year law student at Phoenix School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Arizona State University in May 2011. Before law school, Ms. Fendon-Allen worked as a paralegal for the Fendon Law Firm. Ms. Fendon-Allen developed her love for workers’ compensation law from a young age. Her dream has always been to follow in her father’s footsteps. When she graduates from law school in 2015, she plans on joining her father and brother at the family firm. Daniel Wilcox is a second year law student at Phoenix School of Law. He grew up in Elk River, Minn. Mr. Wilcox graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in legal studies along with minors in political science and psychology from Hamline University in May 2012. Mr. Wilcox is also a certified paralegal. Mr. Wilcox developed a love for the legal profession from a young age and enrolled in law school upon graduating from Hamline. He has always had an interest in family law but has recently discovered a passion for workers’ compensation law.
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