We are halfway through the summer program, and when I look back at the first day, I remember my nerves like it was just yesterday. As a first generation American and the first female in my family to pursue a professional career, I had no idea what to expect and felt simultaneously thrilled and terrified. I started off my rotation in the BFR group and was immediately welcomed by attorneys at all levels across the firm. What stood out most was Weil’s commitment to empowering women and, more specifically, the empowerment of women by women.
Following the first week of our arrival, all of the female summer associates rotating through the BFR group were invited to the monthly BFR Women’s Breakfast. During this breakfast, female partners and associates came together to discuss relevant topics in the practice of law and life as a female attorney. The summer associates were included in the discussion as though we were already longstanding members of the team. As we all shared our experiences, I looked around the room and felt instantaneous gratitude for having the opportunity to sit at the table with such successful and talented women. This tradition is only one example of the firm’s commitment to providing an empowering environment for female attorneys.
Mentorship at Weil is not just a buzzword. Whether it be stopping by an attorney’s office to speak about an assignment or going out for afternoon coffee to discuss work life balance; attorneys at Weil, across all levels, make a real effort to get to know who you are as a person and how to best guide you in your path as an attorney. In just six short weeks, I am beginning to understand what it means to be a female attorney at Weil.