Pathways to the Profession: Devin Troy L’18
Editor’s Note: Each summer Penn Law students hone their skills through a wide array of private and public sector internships across the country and around the world. Generous financial support and fellowships for international and public interest work enable students to pursue diverse assignments in the United States and abroad. This dispatch from Devin Troy L’18 is one in a series of firsthand accounts by Law School students about how their summer employment opportunities are preparing them for their legal careers. Troy is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, earned her BA and MS in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, and has an employment background in criminal justice research and domestic violence advocacy.
This summer, I am working for the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP as a participant in its Community Experience program. Morgan Lewis is deeply dedicated to pro bono, and the Community Experience is one way the firm advances that mission while providing valuable hands-on training to its Summer Associates. Through the Experience, I am spending the last three weeks of my ten-week summer at the nonprofit Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence service provider. This commitment to public service is only one of the many reasons I knew Morgan Lewis was the firm for me; I also wanted to work for an innovative leader in Philadelphia’s tightly knit legal community, and the firm’s culture of excellence and collaboration mirrored the very qualities that originally drew me to Penn Law.
Although I am a member of Morgan Lewis’s founding Philadelphia office, I began my summer in Boston, Massachusetts. Each year, the Summer Associates nationwide gather for a kickoff of trainings, networking opportunities, and social events. Starting the summer as one unit solidified for me that the firm’s collegial culture is both universal and a priority.
Even in just my seven short weeks at the firm, it is clear that Morgan Lewis’s reputation for top tier legal work is well earned. My assignments have been substantive and complex; even as a Summer Associate, my writing has made its way into final expert reports, client advisory letters, and government requests. I’ve known since applying to law school that I want to be a litigator, and this summer cemented my interest in white-collar and government investigations. I particularly enjoyed my time on a case team for a major pharmaceutical state false claims action. From statutory research to assisting with deposition prep and providing advice to the client, the team integrated me with dynamic work. Morgan Lewis also has a firm-wide “Writing Challenge” each year, which is an identical assignment for all Summer Associates. I was particularly excited when I heard that this year’s Challenge was writing an asylum affidavit — I wrote multiple affidavits this past semester through Penn Law’s Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, and I was thrilled to apply my training outside of school.
Now in the second-to-last week, I am in my Community Experience placement at Women Against Abuse. While I have a variety of assignments, my main work is in their administrative office revising and drafting due diligence policy and service contracts. I have spent years in Philadelphia’s public interest community, but most of my prior work has been direct client service or social science research. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience getting to broaden my public service scope to include transactional law. Although often unseen in nonprofits’ day-to-day advocacy, legally sound contracts are what keep organizations protected and able to continue serving people in need.
I am incredibly grateful to Morgan Lewis for what will have been ten weeks of immense personal and professional growth. I am proud to work for a firm that takes its culture and training so seriously, and I look forward to integrating these lessons as an emerging litigator.
- Devin Troy