Nov 7, 2003

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Scores Big With Law Students

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) received high marks in the latest survey of summer associates conducted by L Magazine. Of 188 firms, SGR ranked number one in the country as the firm staffed with attorneys students would most enjoy working with on a daily basis. SGR ranked second in the nation as being the right size for a law firm.

In the 2003 rankings, SGR rose to 49th after ranking 161st in 2001. SGR made one of the biggest jumps in overall rankings for law firms, moving up 112 spots in two years, making the Atlanta-based firm one of the nation’s top 50 firms for summer associates.

SGR’s leap in the survey coincided with the launch of its Case in Point leadership training program for summer associates. The program assisted law students in gaining real-world experience and exposure to some of the Southeast’s leading business and political leaders.

“We are pleased to bring in the best and brightest new associates to share in the success of our firm” said Steve Forte, Managing Partner and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “The feedback we’ve received from the first group to go through Case in Point leadership training has been outstanding. We will continue to improve the program and the experiences of our summer associates.”

This year’s 4,503 respondents had a distinct set of priorities. The group of law students who summered at a combined 188 law firms cared less about fancy social events, perks, fat paychecks, and benefits. Particulars, such as a firm’s location and diversity also appeared much less important than in years past. Ultimately, summer associates surveyed wanted assurance that they would get a high level of responsibility during the summer, and the ability to do meaningful and intellectually challenging work, including pro bono projects. Based upon the results of the survey, SGR provides the right balance that will prepare great law students to become great attorneys.

Founded in 1893, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP is a premier Southeastern law firm. SGR has offices in Atlanta, GA, Jacksonville, FL, and Washington, D.C. our firm is home to more than 185 of the nations most innovative attorneys. With a growing national and international reputation, SGR represents regional, national and international clients and provides counsel on matters in more than 50 practice areas.

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