GavelOnly three weeks in to our summer at Bilzin Sumberg, and we have already suited up for court! This past Friday Jessica, Camille, Anthony, Brendan and I had the opportunity to take a break from all of our interesting assignments and attend the 2015 Federal Court Observer Program at the Wilkie D. Ferguson United States Federal Courthouse. The program was presided by the Honorable Paul C. Huck, United States District Court Judge. It was an informative program aimed to provide real life insight, knowledge and advice to summer associates from Miami area firms and federal judicial interns.

The morning activities began with breakfast sponsored by the Federal Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida. We enjoyed bagels, fruit and coffee while networking with summer associates from different firms. It was a unique experience to get to meet and interact with so many future lawyers of Miami.  With all of the summer associates and judicial interns, it was a packed courtroom!

The program began with a hearing on a rule 60(b) motion. Next, we heard from a panel of successful young attorneys, or as they were affectionately called “young guns.” Our very own Daniel Tropin was selected to participate in the panel! The panelists provided applicable advice on the transition from being a law student to a young lawyer. After, we heard from incredibly established and well-respected partners at various Miami law firms. This panel titled, “How to Keep Partners Happy” was one that I think everyone in the room paid extra close attention to. Lastly, a panel of esteemed federal judges discussed their varying paths to the bench, and what they expect from attorneys in their courtrooms.

By the end of the morning, I had learned so much from so many accomplished people. I am excited to bring this wealth of knowledge and advice into my own practice this summer and for the duration of my career!