Summer learning experiences

Our intern writes about her second year with Wright Connatser

By Gloria Solorzano

Although hot weather may continue, summer for me is coming to a close. I have finished my second summer internship at Wright Connatser and am getting ready to start my third year in law school. Although it was fast, the summer was filled with learning experiences and has better prepared me for the final year of my formal law education (at the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law).

The common denominator of the work I did this summer was its variety. I devoted a big chunk of time to a fascinating research project for a potential legal nonprofit organization. It’s an intriguing concept but still being developed, so it’s premature to say more about it. Although, my research did involve meetings with a few judges and with Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot, which was exciting for me. I compiled my findings into a presentation which I made to firm co-founder Bob Wright and I’m excited to see how that information ultimately will be put to use.

My career goal is to practice commercial litigation law so I was excited to help Patrick Tickner and Natalie Brandt with writing projects and research related to some litigation and mediation cases. I continue to sharpen my writing and research skills, which are foundational to the practice of law. I know I am better preparing myself for my career.

Finally, how I learned the most and gained valuable insights (professional and personal) was interacting daily with the all of the attorneys. That’s an experience that you can’t gain in a classroom or through an online tutorial. And it’s more fun too.

Thanks to Adam Connatser, the firm’s other co-founding partner, for mentoring me this summer. He helped me articulate and then assess my goals for my internship.

I’m most thankful for the day-to-day experiences working the Wright Connatser staff. I now have a more complete understanding of what it’s like to be a practicing attorney in a law firm, which can’t be taught in school.