Summer Work in DC

by Kevin Elliker, Class of 2014

ellikerKevin graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Science and History. He subsequently earned an M.A.T. in Secondary Education and taught high school government and history for two years before enrolling at William & Mary Law School. At JMU, he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, a Student Ambassador, and a Residence Life Advisor. At William & Mary, he is a Lead Articles Editor for the William & Mary Law Review, a member of the Moot Court and Alternative Dispute Resolution Teams, a Teaching Assistant for Civil Procedure, and the former Secretary of the Student Bar Association. In summer of 2012, he was an intern with the Department of Justice in the Constitutional and Specialized Tort Litigation Section.  In summer of 2013, he was a summer associate at that law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Washington, DC.  After graduation, Kevin will clerk for the Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr., a district court judge in the Eastern District of Virginia.

For ten weeks, I worked as a summer associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Washington, DC. During that time, I worked on matters for the Firm’s clients including class actions, employment-related issues, antitrust disputes, criminal sentencing under the Federal Guidelines, and appeals before the Federal Circuit. While most of my work comprised of legal research and writing, I spent considerable time meeting with partners and associates to discuss projects and even attended a status conference for a large class action settlement. What struck me most about my experience were the depth and complexity of the legal issues the attorneys faced in every case. This meant we had to be thoughtful and creative in our projects, which made for a unique and fascinating workload.

My fellow summer associates and I worked hard throughout the summer, but the Firm also made time for fun social events like bowling, karaoke, a cooking class, and a retreat to the Wintergreen Resort outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to returning to the Firm to work on litigation and appellate matters.