Legal Internships

We will be taking applications for Summer internships until February 25th. In addition, we still have a few Spring internship openings.

Name: Karel Mazanec

Year of Internship/Externship: Summer 2013

(1) Please summarize your intern/extern experience

My intern experience this summer was incredible. When Colleen says you get to see as much of her private practice as possible, she means it. I got an opportunity to get involved with everything from drafting motions, pleadings, contracts, demand letters and lawsuits, to research projects on legal and practical issues, to site inspections and client intakes, to observing depositions and hearings. I also gained an insight into the marketing, business origination and generally the business aspect of a law practice. I loved the "take-along" portion of the internship, where I got to tail Colleen to court, meetings, depositions, site-inspections, and social events, and see her in action. There was a surprising amount of client contact, and exposure to the intimate details of cases. The entire experience was that much better because Colleen, Katie and Charli are all amazing people to work with, and took an active interest in me and my goals for the summer.

(2) What was the highlight?

The highlight for me was going to the Richmond Circuit Court with Colleen to observe her arguments during a hearing. It is amazing how much your perspective changes when you have done the research, drafting, or due diligence work for the case at issue.

Name: Michelle Shuler

Year of Internship/Externship: 2013

(1) Please summarize your intern/extern experience

My experience working with Locke Partin DeBoer & Quinn was terrific. I was able to get real life experience with the law and apply things that I had previously only learned about in class or read about in case books. This internship gave me the opportunity to do things like draft documents just so that I would be given the chance to try it and learn from that opportunity. I really appreciated that I was able to try doing different things, even if I had never done them before, in order to gain experience. I was able to go on site visits, attended a pre-deposition and the deposition that followed, as well as numerous client meetings. I learned so much about the law in the six weeks that I was there and never once did I have to do menial tasks. This was a really great learning experience.

(2) What was the highlight?

I think that some of the highlights for me were hearing about or doing research on some of the more interesting cases. It was fun to see some of the crazy things that people do or the weird situations that people find themselves in that require the help of a personal injury lawyer.

Name: Robert Jain

Year of Internship/Externship: June 2013-July 2013

(1) Please summarize your intern/extern experience

As an extern for Attorney Quinn, I deepened my understanding of personal injury, employment, and adoption law and gained valuable insight into the practical considerations of private legal practice in a small firm. I had ample opportunity to practice and hone my legal writing skills through drafting claim packages, complaints, discovery requests, and child surrogacy agreements. Occasionally, when a case presented an interesting or unusual set of facts, I was able to use my research skills to find the applicable state decision or law.

I also had several opportunities to participate in client interviews, depositions, and trips to court. While most law schools do a pretty good job of teaching the professional skills required for these tasks, it is very difficult to teach the interpersonal skills that a successful attorney is expected to have. In this regard, Colleen served as an excellent mentor of how a lawyer should balance his or her professional duty to the client while still being sensitive to the client’s interests and concerns.

Overall, the internship was an excellent experience. Attorney Quinn made sure to give externs meaningful tasks and provided useful tips and constructive feedback on assignments. Furthermore, the office staff was friendly and made themselves available for any questions that the externs might have. I would highly recommend this program, especially to those students who want to learn more about private practice in a small firm or personal injury and employment law.

(2) What was the highlight?

In general, the best part about externing for Locke Partin & Quinn was getting to work on cases at various stages in litigation ranging from initial client intake interviews to settlement negotiation. With that in mind, my favorite experience was getting to go to JDR to watch Attorney Quinn argue a motion to enjoin DSS from removing two foster care children from their foster mother, at least until the father’s parental rights had been decided.

Since 2005, Colleen M. Quinn has offered internships and externships to over sixty students including students in law school, college, paralegal studies and high school. These internships and externships generally are non-paying but may be for academic credit. The internships include full-time and part-time summer internships as well as part-time internships during the school year. Scheduling is flexible.

Ms. Quinn serves as an Externship Supervisor for both the Marshall Wythe Law School at the College of William & Mary and the Washington & Lee Law School. Both schools offer externship opportunities for academic credit.

Ms. Quinn also serves as an Internship Supervisor for the J. Sargeant Reynolds Paralegal Studies program through instructor Susan Brewer, Esquire.

Students also have come from local area high schools and from local and other colleges (University of Richmond, VCU, Hollins, Christopher Newport), You do not have to be in an externship or internship program to apply for an internship with Ms. Quinn and the Quinn Law Centers.

Our internships are very flexible – interns can work full-time or part-time (either half-days or part of a week) as well as the full summer or part of the summer. At present there are no paid intern positions available. Some students do; however, qualify for academic credit if available through their current school. This is typically characterized as an externship rather than an internship. Because the internship is unpaid, we are more than happy to have you structure your internship around any other paying employment or school classes. Our goal is to educate and inform you about the private practice of law for as much time as you would like to be so educated and informed.

We try to expose you to court, client meetings, depositions, mediations & trials (if we have any going on), drafting pleadings, research memos, interviewing witnesses, investigating cases, various marketing meetings and tasks and just as much of the private practice as possible! The majority of the internship is observational and interactive. The purpose of the internship is to educate you and broaden your view of the private practice of law in a small law firm. We try to give you exposure to whatever areas of the law that may be of interest to you – you just have to let us know! If you want to learn a little bit of every area of the law in which we practice – we can do that as well.

Colleen Quinn practices adoption, surrogacy, personal injury and employment law including running an Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center and a Women’s Injury Law Center. To learn more about her areas of practice go to her websites at www.quinnlawcenters.com.

Quinn’s partners practice personal injury and family law. Senior associate Shannon Otto often has family law matters that she can have you observe and/or assist on if you are interested in the divorce, support, custody side of things. Please browse this website for more info.

Every week, one of Quinn’s paralegal’s sends out a list to all interns of the upcoming week’s activities (depositions, court hearings, client meetings, attorney phone conferences, seminars, board meetings, etc.) that are anticipated and can be attended in the following week. Either Colleen Quinn or another attorney or Quinn’s paralegals give out and closely supervise assignments. We typically have a list of available assignments and you can choose which ones you would like to work on. Occasionally, upon your request, remote tasks can be assigned that can be done without coming to the office if you would like.

Dress is business casual. Suits are not at all required. You can bring your lunch – we have a kitchen, microwave, etc. We will try to take you out to lunch and bring you lunch some as well! Parking is in the back of the building and is free. We are located in the near west end of Richmond near Willow Lawn shopping center.

We do ask that you give us a general idea of your expected intern schedule so we know when to expect you and when to look for you to attend scheduled activities. If you are sick or have other appointments or vacation plans, we simply ask that you give us as much notice as possible.

Unfortunately, given our small size and limited hiring needs, except in very rare situations, we are not able to offer employment following the internship. We do; however, provide letters of recommendation (so long as the intern’s performance supports such a letter) and try to provide hiring advice and useful contact information.

We would love to have you come learn and spend some time with us!

If you are interested in an internship or externship, please e-mail Ms. Quinn your resume and the period of time you are seeking.

Name: Stevi Frost

Year of Internship/Externship: 2013

(1) Please summarize your intern/extern experience

I had a wonderful experience this summer working with the firm. I did not expect to have the opportunity to interact with clients, draft legal documents, and attend events such as the deposition, during my first summer in law school. I was exposed to many different areas of law including adoption, ART, medical malpractice, employment, personal injury, family law and several other broad areas. It is difficult to understand what a profession as a lawyer entails, and it was so helpful to be able to interact so closely with Colleen this summer.

(2) What was the highlight?

The highlight of the summer was being able to meet the clients. Having the opportunity to hear the client’s story directly from them made the cases very interesting. It was nice to recognize that you can have client interaction, as opposed to law school where you are just reading cases that you do not have a connection to. Additionally, I really enjoyed attending the deposition and other events that we were invited to.

Name: Richard Spoor

Year of Internship/Externship: 2012

(1) Please summarize your intern/extern experience

It was very informative, touching on a range of legal issues.  Additionally, there was plenty of work to do which helped to make the experience even more rewarding.  Further, the environment was conducive to learning.  In short, it was an enjoyable and informative experience.

(2) What was the highlight?

The highlight for me was the Mediation.  This was exactly the type of experience I was seeking out of an externship.  Such an experience cannot be had in the confines of a class room.

Name: Sarah Jane Conner

Year of Internship/Externship: Fall 2012

(1) Please summarize your intern/extern experience

My extern experience was extremely helpful. I learned a great deal about a wide range of issues in personal injury and adoption law through researching, drafting pleadings, and observing courtroom proceedings.

(2) What was the highlight?

The highlight was getting the chance to observe a negotiation. Although it did not end in an agreement, I gained invaluable insight  into negotiation procedure and strategy.

Name: Christi Harsha

Year of Internship/Externship: Summer 2012

(1) Please summarize your intern/extern experience

I interned over the past summer with the firm. I worked on several research assignments and memos for the personal injury, adoption/surrogacy, and ARTs practices. I drafted a brief, pleadings, and personal injury complaints. I think that I benefitted a great deal from this practical experience. I got to work on a variety of other tasks as well, such as helping to prepare presentations, calling clients and witnesses, and reviewing medical records. I enjoyed the exposure to a variety of practices areas as well as subspecialties of family law.

I also followed the attorneys to client meetings and court appearances, which I also very much enjoyed.  I enjoyed being able to observe Ms. Quinn’s activities such as conference calls and presentations, and I appreciated her allowing all of us to tag along. I feel more prepared to practice after having seen a deposition, intake interview, etc. Ms. Quinn also often took the time to explain some of the issues surrounding marketing and running a firm, which was very helpful, as there are few opportunities for students to learn about the practicalities of operating and promoting a firm from a successful attorney. I also enjoyed working with everyone else in the office, as the other attorneys, paralegals, and staff were friendly and helpful.

(2) What was the highlight?

I really enjoyed being able to sit in on Ms. Quinn’s adoption consultations. I was grateful to learn how to communicate effectively with clients. I appreciated the opportunity to see how she interacted with the clients, addressed their concerns, and explained their options. I think that I have a better understanding of how to be professional yet sensitive to a client’s feelings and concerns after having been able to watch several of these. I think that the experiences and opportunities to gain interpersonal skills relevant to practicing law are rare in legal education, so I feel that this was a valuable learning experience.

Name: Nicholas Pylant

Year of Internship/Externship: Summer 2012

(1) Please summarize your intern/extern experience

Last summer I spent six weeks working full-time with Colleen Quinn at Locke, Partin, DeBoer, and Quinn.  Colleen provided me with a wonderful opportunity to build my legal skills by: allowing me to sit-in on attorney-client meetings; observing her in various court proceedings; and sharpening my legal writing and researching skills by examining recent precedent covering reproductive technology.

(2) What was the highlight?

The most memorable experience of the summer was when I joined Colleen for a court proceeding where a teenage mother put her infant up for adoption.  This particular hearing was unique to me because the biological parent actually knew, and was friends with, the adoptive parents.  Because of this long-established relationship, the biological parent was assured that she would be able to maintain regular contact with the infant child.  The promise of a future relationship allowed all parties, even the biological mother, to leave the proceeding happy because the adoptive parents would be able to provide the child with more opportunities than were previously available to her.

Name: Karen Achilles

Year of Internship/Externship: Summer 2012

(1) Please summarize your intern/extern experience

In my extern experience, I was exposed to a variety of different legal areas including personal injury, ARTs, and general family law. I was able to get both an in-court experience with Attorney Quinn, and also do the preparatory paperwork for clients.

(2) What was the highlight?

The highlight of my externship was getting to create from start to (almost) finish a slideshow for a client’s wrongful death case to present to the insurance adjuster, as well as sitting in on the deposition involved in that case.