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Summer Program

About Us

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn (“MNG&D”) is an established, full-service law firm with strong traditions and fresh ideas. Although our roots in the Pacific Northwest go back more than a century, we pride ourselves on being creative thinkers who are committed to serving our clients, our community and each other in smart and innovative ways. We have offices in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and Long Beach.

Summer Program Overview

MNG&D’s Summer Program is designed to support and develop Summer Associates through a multi-faceted approach. Summer Associates work with attorneys and staff on interesting and meaningful substantive legal projects. MNG&D’s Summer Program offers an array of opportunities to attend and observe trials, depositions, and hearings, interact with clients, and assist with corporate transactions. A variety of social events also offer opportunities for Summer Associates to engage with staff and attorneys in casual social settings. 

Recent Summer Projects

Recent examples of summer associate projects include:
  • Researching the elements of the torts (outrage, negligent infliction of emotional distress ["NIED"], invasion of privacy, and trespass) newly alleged in the counterclaims, and analyzing the likelihood that a summary judgment of dismissal would be granted regarding each claim.
  • Drafting a blog entry for Bank Law Monitor on “The STATES Act – A Solution to the Cannabis Banking Problem on the Horizon?”
  • Researching Washington case law regarding new tort causes of action and motions for leave to file amended complaint.
  • Researching and drafting memorandum regarding the biological, legal, and regulatory differences between marijuana and hemp.
  • Reviewing previous complaints filed against defendant’s company in order to determine whether a pattern of misconduct exists.
  • Preparing a demand letter regarding improper use of Trademark.
  • Researching Blue Sky laws to determine which state's laws apply to an interstate sale of securities.
  • Assisting with the research and drafting of a motion for summary judgment in a case involving an underage employee alleging assault by a former employer.

The Summer Program Team

Each Summer Associate is assigned a Summer Workflow Coordinator who monitors work flow, reviews work product, assigns work, and manages the evaluation process. Our Workflow Coordinators host weekly check-in meetings with Summer Associates to provide guidance and feedback over the course of the summer. Each Summer Associate is also assigned an Associate Mentor and Partner Mentor to ensure the Summer Associate is integrating and has a resource available for one-on-one advice and guidance. Summer Associate Mentors also help their Summer Mentees take advantage of all the fun summer social events we offer.

The Social Program

MNG&D also designs an exciting social program intended to give Summer Associates a feel of firm culture and to provide opportunities to interact with attorneys and staff in social settings and get to know the communities we practice within. Social events we’ve offered in past years include:
  • Mariners Games
  • Escape Room Outings
  • Attorney Retreats
  • Volunteer Event at Food Lifeline
  • “Party on the Pier”
  • Wine Tastings
  • Sip and Paint

2019 Summer Program

We are excited to welcome the following law students to our 2019 Summer Associate class:

Portland Office
Eden Vasquez, Willamette University 2020
Divine Zheng, University of Oregon 2021

Seattle Office
Dayton Campbell-Harris, University of Washington 2021
Alejandro Monarrez, Seattle University 2021

We are no longer accepting applications for 2019 Summer Associates, but please check back in in the fall for information about 2020 positions. 

2020 Summer Program

MNG&D is committed to achieving true structural diversity throughout the firm that, at a minimum, reflects the diversity of the general population of each community in which we practice law, in every office, professional discipline, industry group, and firm committee. Our 2020 Summer Program will reflect our continued commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion within our firm and the legal communities in which we practice. We will therefore offer two Summer Diversity Fellowships: one in our Seattle office and one in our Portland office. Deadline and application information for our Diversity Fellowships will be posted on the firm's website in July under Job Opportunities.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn will not be participating in On-Campus Interviews this fall.

For questions relating to our Summer Associate Program, please contact our recruiting team at: .