Lockridge Grindal Nauen is dedicated to the advancement of outstanding law students. Through our Summer Associate program, we offer an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in many areas of law including class action, antitrust, data breach, consumer protection, employment, government relations, healthcare, environmental law and litigation, and other general litigation. Lockridge Grindal Nauen is committed to diversity in our workplace and we actively recruit Summer Associate candidates who reflect the breadth of our community and clients.

2024 Summer Associates

Emily Bingham
Emily Bingham

Emily Bingham is a student at the University of Minnesota Law School, class of 2026. She graduated from Wartburg College in May 2020 with majors in International Relations and German Studies and minors in Intercultural Studies and History. After graduating, Emily spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at VEAP, the largest food pantry in the Twin Cities. In this role, she worked on initiatives to diversify the volunteer corps and created and led VEAP’s first high school summer volunteer program. Emily then worked full-time in the volunteer department at VEAP. She also gained non-profit experience at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Refugee Services, where she managed the volunteer program. As a 2L, Emily looks forward to working as a certified student attorney in the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic and as a Student Instructor in the Legal Research and Writing Program. She also looks forward to serving as Secretary of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice.

Jems Guirguis

Jems Guirguis is a student at the University of Minnesota Law School, class of 2026. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in June 2022 with a major in political science and a minor in poverty, inequality, and social justice. Jems worked for multiple non-profit organizations, doing policy work, running community coalitions, and running a youth court program aimed at restorative justice through PIC, one of the community coalitions led by JemsJems worked on a policy proposal to provide pro-bono legal representation for undocumented immigrants facing deportation in California. Additionally, Jems has worked on providing training and ensuring that local schools in California are equipped with Narcan on school campuses, while also providing educational materials and presentations on substance misuse. As a 2L, Jems looks forward to being the Vice President of the Sports Law Association and serving as the Social Media Coordinator for the Black Law Student Association.

Lydia Peterson
Lydia Peterson

Lydia Peterson is a student at the University of Michigan Law School, class of 2026. She graduated with Honors of the First Class from the University of St Andrews (Scotland) with a degree in International Relations and Social Anthropology. Prior to attending law school, Lydia spent a year as a Lead for America Fellow through AmeriCorps, serving in the Sustainability Office of the City of Duluth. As a Fellow, she worked to bolster energy equity in the region, studied the potential effects of climate migration on residents, and volunteered with local blight reduction programs. As a 2L, Lydia looks forward to working as a student attorney in the International Transactions Clinic, continuing to serve on the Women Law Students Association (Partnerships Chair) and International Law Society (Events Chair) boards, and completing pro bono work with the International Refugee Assistance Project.

What Summer Associate Alumni Say

“Working as a summer associate at LGN has been the best experience of my law school career by far. The substantive projects provided in a wide variety of practice areas have been invaluable to my legal education. LGN attorneys are the standard for excellence and I am so grateful to have had them as role models – the firm’s emphasis on writing results in the production of stellar work product and its kind and personable culture makes it no surprise that the Twin Cities legal community holds the firm in high esteem. The challenging and rewarding work afforded to me by LGN has been the single greatest contributor to my growth and development in the legal field.”

Kira Q. Le, Summer Associate 2022 & 2023
University of Minnesota Law School

“Lockridge Grindal Nauen offers a supportive and secure environment for its summer associates. Summer associates, like me, have the chance to undertake assignments important to the firm and its clients. The attorneys at the firm are consistently ready to offer comprehensive and insightful feedback, motivating individuals to strive for their best selves. Beyond the diverse projects and assignments that summer associates engage in, the firm deliberately organizes educational and social events to enhance knowledge and foster relationships with colleagues. My experience with Lockridge Grindal Nauen surpassed my expectations, and I am eternally grateful for the summer I spent with the firm.”

Consuela Abotsi-Kowu, Summer Associate 2023
University of St. Thomas School of Law

“As a summer associate at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, I worked closely with attorneys on a wide variety of cases and gained real-world lawyering skills. Whether I was conducting legal research, drafting briefs and motions, observing depositions and hearings, or investigating potential cases, I had excellent support and guidance from experienced attorneys who were dedicated to providing invaluable feedback and encouragement.  My summer at LGN gave me the opportunity to explore different practice areas which, in turn, informed the remainder of my law school education and inspired me to pursue a career in antitrust and class action law.”

Eura Chang, Summer Associate 2020 & 2021
University of Minnesota Law School

“Working as a summer associate at LGN gave me an excellent start to my legal career. From the start of the summer, I was doing legal research and writing on active cases and could see how my contributions moved the case forward. The collegial atmosphere helped me to feel comfortable approaching attorneys to ask for feedback and talk about the cases. The firm’s team-oriented culture allowed me to raise new ideas and think creatively about the law. I’m grateful for my summer experience and would recommend to anyone who wants to learn litigation skills in a hands-on way. “

Derek Waller, Summer Associate 2017 & 2018
University of Minnesota Law School

“In my tenure as a LGN law clerk, I gained valuable experience working with talented attorneys across diverse practice groups. I spent the totality of my time practicing in litigation, in areas such as Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Data Breach, Political Law, Health Law, Employment Law, and more. My experiences ranged from researching case, statutory, and regulatory laws and drafting research memoranda to drafting pleadings, shadowing depositions, and even being deposed in a federal antitrust case (as the sponsoring witness of a Fed. R. Evid. 1006 exhibit). Receiving feedback along the way helped me improve my skills and legal acumen. My rewarding substantive experiences were only topped by the valuable relationships I was able to build in my time as a clerk. Through formal and informal mentorship, I learned about the nuances of law firm culture and what to expect from a career in class action litigation and other types of litigation. In addition, as a clerk, I felt that LGN had a commendable culture of camaraderie, support for young lawyers, and a strong commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment. Overall, I greatly valued my clerking experience at LGN.”

Develyn J. Mistriotti, Summer Associate 2020 – 2022
University of Minnesota Law School

“LGN fully integrates its clerks into the firm’s practice. Summer associates receive meaty assignments that often contribute directly to the outcome of a case. But summers aren’t left to their own devices. As a mid-size firm, LGN provides valuable supervision from partners and senior associates, who are talented, seasoned litigators. The result is a summer experience that is both eminently practical and thoroughly exciting.”

Robert L. Whitener, Summer Associate 2006
University of Minnesota Law School

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