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 employment, general litigation, government relations, healthcare, environmental law and class action litigation. Lockridge Grindal Nauen is committed to diversity in our workplace and actively recruit Summer Associate candidates who reflect the variety of our community and clients.

Summer 2019

Lexi Pitz is a student at the University of Minnesota Law School, class of 2021. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2017 with a double major in political science and communications. Prior to attending law school, she worked with Spectrum Brands managing product liability claims for the hardware, home appliance, and pet product divisions. During her first year of law school, she was an active member of the Women’s Law Student Association and participated in the Asylum Law Project. She is excited to serve as a student legal writing instructor and a certified student attorney in the Family Law Clinic during her 2L year.

Souvan Lee is a student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in the class of 2021. In law school, he taught eighth-grade students as a Street Law instructor and informed tenants about their rights as a HOME Line volunteer. Prior to law school, he was an education policy advocate for a Washington, DC non-profit where he worked on both state and federal legislation, including the Every Student Succeeds Act. His policy portfolio included data, civil rights, language access, and minority serving institutions. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Han Li is a student at the University of Minnesota Law School, class of 2021. He is a double gopher, graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with degrees in Chemistry and English. During his first year of law school, he participated in the Asian Pacific American and Student Intellectual Property Law Student Associations. Prior to law school, he worked with DCM Services, an account receivables company specializing in probates, and the University of Minnesota Center for Writing. Having immigrated from China when he was five, he is also fluent in Chinese. After the summer, he will serve as a Structured Writing Group instructor and Teaching Fellow in the Introduction to American Law and Legal Reasoning course at the University of Minnesota Law School.

What Former Summer Associates Say

“I can easily say that my summer clerking at LGN was the most formative and fulfilling legal experience of my law school career. Since the firm has a strong interest in giving clerks substantial legal experience, I was given a substantive role in a number of interesting cases. This significantly fostered my critical thinking, analysis, and research skills while exposing me to a variety of practice areas. The summer program was also very well organized, giving a great balance between work, associate development, and social events. Moreover, the LGN attorneys are consummate professionals and brilliant practitioners that took an interest in me as a person and future attorney.”

Sahr Brima, Summer Associate 2013
William Mitchell College of Law

“Lockridge Grindal Nauen provides an exceptional summer associate experience. The work is substantive and meaningful. You research and write for attorneys who appreciate your input and provide invaluable feedback. An assigned mentor is there to offer guidance. But all the attorneys are willing to answer questions and talk about their practice. The firm also offers opportunities to hone your writing and oral advocacy skills. And summer associates are always invited to watch LGN attorneys in action — arguing a motion in court, putting on a high-profile trial, or taking depositions. I had expected a good summer at LGN, but the program completely exceeded my expectations.”

Devona L. Wells, Summer Associate 2009
William Mitchell College of Law

“I could not imagine a better summer experience than the one I had with LGN. The lawyers and staff were friendly, we had meaningful and interesting work to do, and I felt fully integrated in the firm and important from the very first day. Over the summer, we participated in mock oral arguments with associates, observed a trial from beginning to end, and researched and wrote on a variety of fascinating legal topics. From the very first day, I was amazed at the amount of time that excellent lawyers were willing to take to provide feedback, mentoring, and great projects. It is no exaggeration to say that working at LGN has been my favorite part of law school.”

Kate Baxter-Kauf, Summer Associate 2009
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, Class of 2007

“Anyone who has ever spent any extended amount of time with lawyers knows how tough it is to get them to talk about something other than work. What I love about LGN is that the attorneys break this stereotype. When there is work to be done, certainly they do it. But they aren’t obsessed. This summer they found time to get to know me and let me get to know them – and it didn’t take a series of summer-camp-like activities outside of work. That is to say, you don’t have to force LGN attorneys to be normal or remove them from the office to engage them in conversation on topics other than law. Yes, the projects were diverse and challenging but I enjoyed my summer because LGN offers more than interesting, hands-on projects; it offers affable people with whom to work.”

Patrick J. Murphy, Summer Associate 2006
University of Minnesota Law School, Class of 2008

“Lockridge Grindal Nauen is a wonderful place to spend a summer and get a taste for what it’s like to be a lawyer. Every eager law student hopes to have a great first experience with law outside the classroom, and LGN provides it. The work is challenging. LGN’s summer associates are immediately relied on for research and drafting. No window dressing here. The firm needs us. When I arrived, waiting on my desk was an assignment to draft the legal argument for an out-of-state brief due in a week. And the assignments just got better from there. The attorneys value your comments. They also encourage you and are always available for questions. The firm offers many seminars on strengthening your writing, research, and practical skills. There are many fun outings too. Mentoring lunches, bowling, baseball games, and other opportunities provided great forums for students to get to know everyone outside of work. I couldn’t have hoped for a better summer associate experience.”

Katherine S. Rodenwald, Summer Associate 2006 and 2007
William Mitchell College of Law, Class of 2009