SUMMER LAW CLERK PROGRAM
The Martin & Seibert, L.C. Summer Law Clerk Program is one of
the firm's main sources of attorney recruitment. Our program is
designed to select future attorneys based upon their demonstrated
abilities and aptitudes.
At Martin & Seibert, law clerks are given the unique opportunity
to work alongside seasoned attorneys, drafting real documents that
will have a direct impact on the cases involving our Fortune 500
clients. Our open-door policy allows clerks to freely ask questions
and work through real problems with associates and shareholders
alike. We also utilize daily critiques of assignments, with an emphasis
placed on positive reinforcement. The goal of our program is to
help hone the skills of future attorneys and assist them in discovering
the kind of attorney they aspire to become.
Our clerks have a variety of unique opportunities afforded to them
when working with the firm. They are given the chance to attend
trials, depositions and mediations as well as meet and talk with
local judges. Clerks with Martin & Seibert, L.C. also attend weekly
staff meetings alongside firm management and attorneys. Clerks also
participate in a Q&A; with shareholders during their final week with
the firm. This provides our law clerks with the opportunity to gain
advice from seasoned attorneys about hunting for that allusive first
legal job, surviving year one as an associate attorney, or any other
aspect of a legal career they may have concerns about.
Midway through the summer- as well as at the completion of the
program- our clerks are evaluated based upon their performance as
well as their impact on the firm as a whole. These evaluations allow
them to reflect upon their experiences, capitalize on their strengths
and recognize and improve weaknesses.
Read below to find out what past law clerks have said about their
experience at Martin & Seibert, L.C.:
"Challenging, rewarding, motivating and fun.
If I had to pick four words to describe my summer clerkship experience
with Martin & Seibert, L.C. they would be challenging, rewarding,
motivating and fun. The attorneys at Martin & Seibert challenged
me to immerse myself in the firm's cases and to do substantive legal
work on a variety of topics. It was rewarding to see my legal writing
in communication to clients and in filings with courts. The atmosphere
of Martin & Seibert is motivating in that the firm encourages its
summer clerks to become the best lawyers they can possibly be and
the members of the Martin & Seibert team lead by example. Overall,
I worked hard this summer but I also had a lot of fun - I don't
know of any other summer clerks who can return to their schools
with trophies and fond memories of an annual Shareholder-Law Clerk
Mini-Golf Showdown. I could not have chosen a better firm with which
to spend my summer."
- Michelle J. Upchurch, West Virginia University
School of Law Martin & Seibert, L.C. Law Clerk, Summer 2007 - present
"I really enjoyed my summer at Martin & Seibert.
Spending the summer as a law clerk here is an excellent opportunity
to work on a variety of legal topics and get an exposure in different
areas of law. Clerk projects vary widely in working on different
areas of law and different phases of litigation. The firm's open
door policy creates a positive environment for clerks to ask questions
and learn about the law and the legal workplace. Martin & Seibert
has a real focus on education throughout the firm, which makes it
a great place for a law student to spend a summer. The Martinsburg
legal community is very receptive of students. Everyone I met in
court, at depositions, or at mediations was always willing to stop
and talk to summer law clerks. It's encouraging to see such a helpful
and collegial atmosphere between people in the local legal community."
- Brian P. McMorrow, Penn State Dickinson School
of Law Martin & Seibert, L.C. Law Clerk, Summer 2007
"Martin & Seibert, L.C's Summer Law Clerk Program
offers law students the opportunity to gain experience in interesting
and complex legal issues while receiving daily feedback from the
firm's highly-skilled attorneys. Martin & Seibert's Law Clerk Program
is also distinctive in that clerks are able to become familiar with
the more practical aspects of the practice of law. I highly recommend
the Summer Law Clerk Program to any law student looking to gain
real-life legal experience in a friendly, positive work environment."
- Christopher R. Moore, William & Mary Law School
Martin & Seibert, L.C. Law Clerk, Summer 2004 & 2005
*Since his graduation from law school, Mr.
Moore joined the firm full-time and has been an associate with Martin
& Seibert, L.C. since 2006.
"My clerkship at Martin & Seibert, L.C. is best
described as hands-on. In one particular case, I was involved from
the very beginning, investigating the actual facts involved, assessing
the potential liability, and drafting an evaluation of the case
for the client. I continued in the fact-finding process by drafting
discovery and discussing the pros and cons of bringing in a third-party
defendant with the managing partner. With a little insight from
the experienced attorneys in the office, I then drafted the motion
for leave to file a third-party complaint and the third-party complaint
itself. From this one case alone, I got more "real world" experience
than I ever expected."
- Laura A. Martin, Penn State Dickinson School
of Law Martin & Seibert, L.C. Law Clerk, Summer 2007