Next in our Summer Intern Chronciles series is a two-fer from the law firm of La Tanzi, Spaulding and Landreth in Orleans:
Cassandra Devaney from Saint Michael's College
My name is Cassandra Devaney and I am from Tolland, Connecticut. I am a recent graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, where I studied English and Political Science, and am currently in the process of applying to law school. This summer, I am working as a legal intern at LaTanzi, Spaulding & Landreth LLP in Orleans, Massachusetts.
I am learning an immense amount during my time at the firm, having been able to work closely with both the probate and real estate departments. From drafting wills to title searches, I am getting the opportunity to get a taste of just about everything done by our attorneys. I personally enjoy working on the cases that involve in-depth research on case law, statutes, and legislation on the various topics our attorneys tackle on a daily basis. There is an incredible amount of information to absorb reading about past cases, such as how they were resolved and why the judge came to a certain conclusion. Researching has allowed me to dive into topics and fields of law that I might not have initially covered but need to understand in order to answer the questions at hand.
Having grown up vacationing on the Cape, it has been comforting to come full circle and work here for a summer at an institution that embodies everything I love about Cape Cod. The comradery, community involvement, and commitment to not only their clients, but also their coworkers has been refreshing in an industry that is often seen in a pejorative light. Each individual I work with at the firm has gone out of their way to ensure that I am getting the most out of my time, encouraging thoughtfulness and offering insight while also challenging me to undertake more demanding assignments.
To students currently seeking internships, I would encourage you to go outside your comfort zone. As someone who has always been interested in sports or international law, I never imagined I would find myself at a firm that focused on estate planning and real estate, let alone that I would thoroughly enjoy the work. A willingness to engage in opportunities that don’t directly line up with what you had in mind will nonetheless yield invaluable experiences.
Bethany Rogers from Western New England University
My name is Bethany Rogers. I am from Plymouth, Massachusetts and I am entering my second year of Law School at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. This summer I am interning at La Tanzi, Spaulding & Landreth LLP in Orleans, Massachusetts.
My summer with La Tanzi, Spaulding & Landreth has flown by, and the experience I gained while interning is invaluable. Prior to starting my internship I had very little experience in the areas our firm practices: real estate, probate, and civil litigation. I was apprehensive about working in new areas, but also excited. The entire staff at La Tanzi Spaulding & Landreth has been more than willing to assist me in any way they can, and welcomed me from day one.
Over the past few weeks I was exposed to cases in all three departments. My experience at the firm was all encompassing. I went to court and witnessed our litigation attorneys zealously advocate for their clients. I met with clients and experienced firsthand their relief when an attorney explains a legal issue and how they can help solve a problem. I drafted documents and worked on unique research issues. I am extremely grateful for the experiences the firm has provided me.
The most valuable lesson I learned this summer is that the practice of law is much more than reading cases and reciting laws. I learned many things they don’t teach you in law school. Law school teaches you how to think “like a lawyer” but does not necessarily teach you how to actually be a lawyer.
The partners at the firm each took a special topic that is not covered in a textbook and spent time imparting their wisdom. These topics range from billable hours, ethics and work life balance to interacting with colleagues and public speaking. While I have valued the actual documents I prepared, the clients I met and the projects I worked on, these conversations were the most valuable. The knowledge I gained cannot be taught in a lecture hall, and cannot be read in a book. The partners at La Tanzi, Spaulding & Landreth have given me invaluable advice that comes from personal experiences and years of practice.
I would like to thank everyone at La Tanzi, Spaulding, & Landreth for welcoming me from day one. A special thank you to Anna Kalivas who was always willing to lend a helping hand, make a joke, and always made sure I had enough work to do. I will always remember the support, insight and guidance I received while working at the firm. Working at La Tanzi, Spaulding, & Landreth has confirmed my career path and I will forever be grateful for this experience. I cannot thank the firm enough for their willingness to take me on, teach me, and trust me to work with the Cape Cod community under their name.