It seems like just yesterday our 10 summer associates gathered for orientation, and now they have already moved back to campus – just like that, the summer program has come to an end.

Although these past 10 weeks went by extremely fast, it was a very exciting and successful summer! Our summer associates were fortunate enough to have had some great opportunities with attorneys at the firm, including attending hearings, client trips, pro bono matters, and much, much more.

In an effort to show our appreciation for the summer class and the Wiley Rein attorneys who helped make this year’s program so successful, we hosted a Farewell Casino Night Reception on Thursday, July 27, here at the firm. The Main Conference Center was transformed into a casino – including a craps table, poker and blackjack tables, roulette, and more! All of the summer associates and dozens of attorneys from the firm came down to try their luck at the tables! Associate Kendra Norwood and summer associate Jonathan Babcock were crowned casino night champions as they both turned their initial $50,000 in play money into $500,000!

It was a great night and a bittersweet way to say goodbye to our 2017 summer associate class. We can only hope to be just as lucky next year with a great group of law students! We congratulate all of our summer associates on the hard work they put in this summer!

Farewell summer class of 2017, and thanks for a great summer at Wiley Rein!

(from right to left) Mike Gridley, Jonathan Babcock, Riley MacGraw, Cynthia Galvez, Liz Lee, and Anna Schaffner started their luck at the craps table!

Managing partner Peter Shields joined Jonathan Babcock, John Allen Riggins, and Boyd Garriott at the black jack table where Jonathan went on to win big!

Our 2017 summer class joined for one last picture at the Farewell Reception! (back row: Martha Vazquez, Chiara Tondi Resta, Boyd Garriott, Riley MacGraw, Anna Schaffner, John Allen Riggins / front row: Jonathan Babcock, Lauryn Harris and Dwayne Treece – not pictured: Vinecia Perkins)

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