Jada Colón, Dayton Office
Summer 2017


Why did you decide to join us this summer, and what made you accept our offer to return next summer?

Upon my arrival to the University of Cincinnati College of Law and my introduction into the Cincinnati legal community, Thompson Hine was a law firm that stood out to me. Particularly, Thompson Hine continues to stand out for its strong commitment to its Diversity & Inclusion Initiative – something of great importance to me. Thompson Hine exemplifies this commitment through its participation in minority clerkship programs, its Diversity Scholarship Program, its Spotlight on Women program, and more. Furthering diversity and inclusion is a core value of the firm and a core value of my own. With this alignment, it was clear that Thompson Hine would be the right place to accomplish my professional goals.

After spending ten weeks working as a summer associate in the Dayton office, my decision to join the firm for the following summer was an easy one. Over the course of the summer I had the incredible opportunity of working closely with and learning from a diverse range of attorneys and staff who took a genuine interest in my personal success. Subsequently, the experience that I had at Thompson Hine was invaluable. I am greatly looking forward to applying all that I have learned to my work as a summer associate next summer.

What was your favorite project you worked on this summer and why?

I particularly enjoyed working with the Business Litigation practice and was given the opportunity to prepare various documents such as interrogatories, requests for production, a motion for summary judgment, and more. These hands-on projects provided me with the chance to learn the craft of drafting various legal documents, which I had yet to experience in my legal career.

What will you take from our summer program to help you define your career path?

The summer associate program not only exposed me to a diverse range of professionals, but also a diverse range of practice group areas. Unsure of exactly what I wanted to do after my first year of law school, the summer associate program provided me the opportunity to work with attorneys in almost every practice group. This exposure was immensely helpful in deciding which direction I wanted my legal career to go.

Latashia Love, Columbus Office
Summer 2017

Why did you decide to join us this summer, and what made you accept our offer to return next summer?

I first learned of Thompson Hine a few years ago in my work prior to law school. My contact at the firm spoke very highly of the firm and its culture; interviewing with Stephanie and Philip echoed her sentiments. This past summer was a great experience from beginning to end. After speaking with friends at other firms, I realized how much Thompson Hine invested in our success over the summer and as future attorneys. My decision to return was a “no-brainer.” Thompson Hine is a firm invested in diversity and cultivating successful attorneys.

What was your favorite project you worked on this summer and why?

My favorite project this summer was working with the Investment Management group completing a 50-state survey regarding statutory requirements for investment advisers. During this project, I learned a great deal about licensing in each state while having the opportunity to present during the firm-wide Investment Management meeting and eventually having my research implemented on the IM home page.

What will you take from our summer program to help you define your career path?

During our first trip to Cleveland we were trained by Christine Clapp on how to effectively present at work. Since the beginning of this school year I have referenced her training materials on two occasions to help me prepare for presentations. Additionally, there was great advice that I received from associates and partners that I have passed along to my law school comrades. Working at Thompson Hine helped me learn a lot about my strengths and weaknesses as a future attorney and as such I am able to make adjustments for improvement.

Jasmine Taylor, Cleveland Office
Summer 2017

Why did you decide to join us this summer, and what made you accept our offer to return next summer?

I made the decision to join Thompson Hine this summer for a few reasons. The first was that Thompson Hine had a presence at my school. During my first year, Thompson Hine hosted events for students to introduce them to the firm and its culture. I had been impressed by the firm’s dedication to diversity and inclusion. It seemed genuine and it felt as though the firm was putting effort into recruiting diverse candidates. The other major reason why I chose to join Thompson Hine was that I had talked to Andy Colón and Julia Zerman and I got a really positive feeling about what the firm had to offer me, and it felt like they saw that I had something to offer the firm. I was impressed by all of the opportunities the position would bring for me to learn and meet people within the Cleveland legal community.

I chose to return to Thompson Hine for next summer because the firm truly lived up to all of my expectations. The summer associates were given so much support and opportunity to develop. Both my advisor and writing coach were amazing resources. The assignments I was given challenged me and allowed me to figure out what I needed to improve and what I did well. I enjoyed the firm’s culture and I really felt like I could have a future at Thompson Hine.

What was your favorite project you worked on this summer and why?

My favorite project that I worked on this summer was a white collar crime motion to return property. This was my favorite assignment because it was something I had worked on for the majority of the time I was there and I was able to continuously build on my research. I was also able to work with the same partner over a period of time and I felt like this was similar to what a real first-year associate experience would look like. I also enjoyed the subject of the work.

What will you take from our summer program to help you define your career path?

I figured out that I really enjoy litigation work, and that I want to explore courses that will help me to learn more about litigation. A lot of the practice group lunches went over the projects they were involved in, and I realized that I am very interested in the litigation projects. Additionally, while doing the Mark McCurdy training oral argument I realized that I really enjoy giving an oral argument and that I enjoy the process of getting there.