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Summer Program

Summer associates are given a unique opportunity to work on real-life matters and experience what Miller Nash Graham & Dunn has to offer. We structure our summer program to support and develop students through a hands-on approach. A summer workflow coordinator monitors the summer associate work and the evaluation process, and each summer associate is assigned an associate mentor, someone with whom to discuss ideas and who will assist with the transition from law school to law firm. We provide students opportunities to attend trials, depositions, and hearings, and assist with corporate transactions. The firm also features a socially active summer program, which allows students to get to know the attorneys with whom they work.

Some examples of summer associate work projects include:
  • Research the elements of the torts (outrage, negligent infliction of emotional distress ["NIED"], invasion of privacy, and trespass) newly alleged in the counterclaims, and analyze the likelihood that a summary judgment of dismissal would be granted regarding each claim.
  • Research Washington case law regarding new tort causes of action and motions for leave to file amended complaint.
  • Review previous complaints filed against defendant company in order to determine whether a pattern of misconduct exists.
  • Research Blue Sky laws to determine which state's laws apply to an interstate sale of securities.
  • Assist with the research and drafting of a motion for summary judgment in a case involving an underage employee alleging assault by a former employer.

2017 Summer Associate Class

Renee Ambacher, University of Washington, 2018
Katelyn Fulton, University of Washington, 2018
Nathaniel "Nat" Levy, Willamette University, 2018
Nicoleas "Nic" Mayne, Harvard University, 2018
Alena Tipnis, University of Oregon, 2019

Leila Javanshir, Seattle University, 2019
Tina Scott, Seattle University, 2018
Nick Valera, University of Washington, 2018
Vanessa Williams-Hall, University of Washington, 2018
Vanessa James, University of Washington, 2019 – Gregoire Fellow


Deadline and application information for Summer Associate positions, including our Diversity Fellowship, will be posted to the firm's website in July and November each year under Job Opportunities.