Baird Holm LLP Summer Associate Program
Thank you for your interest in Baird Holm’s Summer Associate Program!
Our program is designed to expose our summer associates to the full spectrum of our legal work and become acquainted with members of the firm on both a personal and professional basis. To this end, summer associates are not specifically assigned to a practice group as part of this program, and usually find that they have an opportunity to work with attorneys in most, if not all, of the practice groups.
We provide opportunities for direct contact with clients, active participation in client matters, and legal research and drafting, all in a supportive and collegial environment that prioritizes our summer associates’ growth and development.
Baird Holm is deeply committed to the Omaha community and our attorneys at all levels hold leadership positions in many local and regional charitable organizations, art groups, service clubs, and educational institutions.
Our Summer Associate Program seeks to expose summer associates to the myriad of opportunities to engage with the Omaha community as a Baird Holm attorney by participating in organizational meetings, attending events, and touring facilities. In addition, we have previously organized a number of charitable activities for our summer associates to take part in, including volunteering time at a food pantry to help families in need and building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
Whether it’s catching a College World Series game, a scavenger hunt at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, getting out of an escape room just in the nick of time, or simply grabbing a drink or bite to eat with colleagues at a happy hour, one of the primary goals of our Summer Associate Program is to get to know each of our summer associates individually, and to expose them to all that Omaha has to offer as a city for young professionals.
What was your favorite part of Baird Holm’s Summer Associate Program?
“My favorite part about Baird Holm’s Summer Associate Program was the opportunity to get to know the attorneys and staff at the firm. Whether through social events or through work for clients, each person I interacted with at the firm had advice or experience that they were willing to share with me. If one specific event stands out though, it would be singing karaoke with summer associates and attorneys.” Emily Tosoni, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate
“The Summer Associate Program is the best learning experience you could ask for. During the summer, I learned so much about the actual practice of law and how to apply what I was learning in the classroom to real situations—that kind of experience as a student is invaluable. I had support every step of the way because Baird Holm’s attorneys took the time to explain projects, answer questions, and provide feedback. I also learned more about the firm itself and the culture of Baird Holm. Whether it was informal happy hour gatherings or planned community events (like a trip to CWS or a volunteer service day), the Summer Associate Program is a whirlwind of opportunities to connect with new people and explore the city of Omaha.” Sapphire Andersen, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate
How did the Summer Associate Program prepare you for life as an associate?
“The Summer Associate Program allowed me to complete real and important work while also allowing me the time to learn to do the work correctly. I didn’t just do research memos on questions that had no answers. Instead, I was able to draft documents and interact with clients, which gave me the skillset to do the exact same type of work as an associate. Assigning attorneys were always available to answer my questions and steer me down the right path for projects. Because of my summer experiences, I was able to smoothly transition into becoming an associate.” Emily Tosoni, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate
“As a summer associate, I got to see my research and work projects used in actual client correspondence—like memos, emails, and court documents. Being exposed to “real life” projects as a summer associate made it easier for me jump right in as an associate. You learn how to best help assigning attorneys navigate client needs.” Sapphire Andersen, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate
“The Summer Associate Program allowed me to get to know the partners and my future colleagues better. I knew the expectations coming in and was comfortable when I started, as I knew I already had support structures in place.” Tristin Taylor, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate
“The Summer Associate Program exposed the different hats that attorneys wear throughout their work. From client interviews or counseling to deep-diving into research to making court appearances—as a summer associate, I had opportunities to witness it all. This helped me to better understand the demands of the legal profession and what day-to-day responsibilities Baird Holm attorneys undertake.” Sapphire Andersen, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate
What was one aspect of the Summer Program that you were not expecting?
“The mentorship, in that everyone at the firm want to see you succeed as an attorney and a person. I was expecting the Summer Associate Program to be competitive, like competing for a spot on a roster. Instead, it was collegial and everyone at the firm (the attorneys and the staff) truly is rooting for you.” Tristin Taylor, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate
“I did not expect walking away from the Summer Associate Program with mentors and friends (as cheesy as that sounds!). Both during the Summer Associate Program and now as an associate, I grew to value the people at Baird Holm who continue to celebrate and support me, personally and professionally.” Sapphire Andersen, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate
Why did you pick Baird Holm’s Summer Program over other opportunities?
“As a student who was uncertain about which practice areas to pursue, I valued that Baird Holm gave summer associates the flexibility to work in a variety of areas. I never felt pigeon-holed into certain practices or projects—I was truly given the chance to explore and find what was a good fit for me, professionally. I knew that I would be getting a quality Summer Associate Program experience at Baird Holm—a trusted and respected firm in the community.” Sapphire Andersen, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate
Favorite all-time vacation?
“Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (after the Bar exam).” Tristin Taylor, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate
What was the last TV series you binge watched?
“I am currently trying to get through all 41 (almost 42) seasons of Survivor from the beginning since I missed out on the craze growing up. As this is written, I am on Season 8. I should be finished by the end of the decade.” Emily Tosoni, Baird Holm Associate and 2019-2020 Summer Associate