Thank You to the Messner Reeves 2023 Colorado Summer Associates!

Messner Reeves acknowledges our 2023 Colorado Summer Associates for completing a successful 10-week immersive clerkship program.

The firm is committed to increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our offices and the general legal community. To this end, Messner Reeves offers paid summer internships to first and second-year law students, some of which are of diverse racial, gender, and ethnic backgrounds. This summer associate opportunity provides a unique opportunity for up-and-coming law students to gain real-world experience in their practice area of interest. The firm’s summer clerkship program weaves in the Colorado Pledge to Diversity offerings that look to increase the number of diverse 1L clerkships in the Denver Metro area.

At the close of another successful summer program, Messner Reeves would like to celebrate Summer Associates Jack Cronin, Niall Griffin, Dominic Montoya, Rachel Heumann, Ben Asser, and Jacob Morgan for their work. They showed commitment and interest in the firm’s business law practice by diving wholeheartedly into various projects.

Before they head off to another year of law school this Fall, we gathered some final takeaways from each Summer Associate about their experience at Messner Reeves:

Ben AsserBen Asser
University of Colorado School of Law

Main Takeaways:

“I can do it! My experience at Messner has given me a boost of confidence in the legal community.”

“Try everything. You never know when you’ll find a passion or something that you resonate with.”

Ben is gearing up for his third and final year at the University of Colorado School of Law this upcoming fall. His recent summer clerkship solidified his passion for the legal field and invigorated his interest in entrepreneurship, hospitality, business, real estate, and corporate law.

Jack CroninJack Cronin

University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law

Main Takeaways:

“Always maintain a high level of preparedness and professionalism.”

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help from coworkers and mentors.”

Jack will be attending the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana in the fall for the beginning of his 1L year.

Niall GriffinNiall Griffin
University of Colorado School of Law

Main Takeaways:

“The sense of community that is present in a field that I assumed would be ruthless and unwelcoming. Instead, I found an atmosphere of professionalism, pride, and warmth. I could not have asked for a better work environment.”

“The opportunity to learn. I knew I would have a chance to explore a variety of practice areas, but Messner Reeves really believes in the people they bring on. I was given the opportunity to try my hand at real and important legal work well beyond what I could have ever imagined.”

Niall is entering his 2L year at the University of Colorado School of Law this fall.  Having completed his summer clerkship he is eager to pursue his career working with restaurants and breweries as legal counsel.

Rachel HeumannRachel Heumann
University of Colorado School of Law

Main Takeaways:

“Being a litigator is NOT the same thing as being a trial attorney.”

“Never pigeonhole yourself as a lawyer by saying you just do one type of law.”

Rachel is entering her final year as a 3L at the University of Colorado Law this fall.  Her summer confirmed her love of litigation and she looks forward to a career as a trial attorney, hopefully including complex cases involving medical issues and licensed professionals.

Dominic MontoyaDominic Montoya
Creighton University School of Law

Main Takeaways:

“Don’t pigeonhole yourself in the profession, civility and credibility go hand in hand, treat everyone as if you are in the presence of a judge.”

“No two days are similar. Take advantage of every new experience and opportunity presented.”

Dom is entering his 2L year at Creighton University School of Law, with experience from his summer clerkship focusing on litigation. He is excited to showcase his newfound strategies in his studies this fall.

Jacob MorganJacob Morgan
University of Oklahoma College of Law

Main Takeaways:

“Do not limit yourself to what you know or are comfortable with. Being open to new opportunities and engaging in those that are outside of your comfort zone is the fastest way to learn, grow, and improve.”

“Knowing who your audience is and what they care about is fundamental any time you are communicating. Whether you are communicating with a client, a partner at the firm, a jury, or a judge, you should keep your audience in mind.”

As he enters his third and final year at the University of Oklahoma College of Law this fall, Jacob’s prior experience at Messner Reeves, combined with his comprehensive legal education thus far, positions him with the necessary knowledge and experience to be an asset in tackling any legal matter.

Congratulations to Messner Reeves’ 2023 class of Summer Associates!  We wish each of these talented law students continued success as they pursue their education and interests in the legal industry.

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