One of the biggest potential downsides of a virtual summer program is missing out on the day-to-day opportunities to connect with the Bilzin Sumberg family. However, this summer has proven that you can still get to know people and have fun while working from home, with two great examples being our practice group social events so far.

After a couple days of orientation, we got some much-needed cardio during the first social event of the summer, the “Virtual Scavenger Hunt” with the Corporate Practice Group. Jessica would describe an item to the group over Zoom, and then we would all run off into our respective homes to find that item and bring it back to the computer, with the first three to return getting points in each round. Sophi ended up the champion, somehow managing to track down a mango, a copy of Little Women, and three left shoes in her house before the game was done.

Next came the much-anticipated “Two Truths and a Lie” event with the Land Use Practice Group. Before the event, both the summer associates and the attorneys submitted little-known facts about themselves to Jessica, who then crafted each into a trivia question using the Kahoot app. Despite a steady flow of trash talk (and some sporadic technical difficulties), we managed to get through all 41 questions, with a boatload of fun facts coming out along the way. By the end of the evening, John had revealed that he once worked as a safari guide at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and mounted a last-minute comeback to win the game—which was especially impressive considering he just started at the Firm last Monday!

The first two practice group social events have been a blast, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Litigation and Real Estate have in store for us the next couple weeks!