By Gracie Ricci | September 11, 2020
Prior to starting my job as a legal intern for Rice Divorce Law, I had preconceived notions of what the work of a divorce attorney entails. As a child of divorce, I am familiar with the turmoil that can accompany the divorce process. I watched my parents spend years hiring attorneys and spending large sums of money fighting battles that seemed to have no end. Therefore, I had strong opinions of divorce attorneys going into my internship- one that would be hard to alter. Nevertheless, Rice Lawdid what I considered to be impossible: they completely changed my opinion on divorce law.
The most admirable part about working with Rice Lawwas the willingness of each person to help me learn. Every job within a law firm is stressful and requires one’s undivided attention. From the receptionist to clerks, and attorneys, every role at Rice Lawis crucial to reach the maximum success in a case. It would be easy to pass an intern off to the next person to deal with; however, this was never the case amongst Rice Divorce Law. If I wanted to be part of anything, from an initial consultation to a deposition (all with client approval), or even a casual meeting between attorneys, I was welcomed with a smile no matter the occasion. I never felt like a burden, only an asset, which is rare to feel as a legal intern that is still working toward an undergraduate degree.
I was wary of what an internship at a law firm would encompass during a pandemic. The courtroom is such a vital aspect of divorce law, and I knew my chance of watching a courtroom trial play out was slim. I accepted that if the firm I went to work for was not on top of the new normal, I was not going to learn as much as I would have before the pandemic. However, Rice Lawwas way ahead of the game, per usual. I learned the importance of adaptability in the field of law. Due to COVID-19, most appearances before a Judge and various client meetings occurred via Zoom. Rice Lawadapted and conquered the switch to online trials and meetings quickly and successfully. The firm purchased high-quality cameras, lighting, and software to execute the best online presence. The little things matter to Rice Divorce Law, and the little things make the difference between winning and losing a case.
All in all, I know two things are certain: 1) my job as a legal intern at Rice Lawinstilled me with the knowledge that will allow me to be more successful in years to come and 2) never in a million years would I want to be litigating against Rice Divorce Law. I am forever thankful to each member of Rice Lawfor helping me along the way.
This blog is written by the law clerks and interns of Rice Law. They document their experience working with Memphis divorce lawyer Larry Rice and Memphis divorce lawyer Nick Rice, as well as other members of Rice Law. Rice Law represents clients in divorce and family law matters in Tennessee and Mississippi. We hope these blog posts will be interesting and show their evolution as they move towards being divorce and family lawyers. The statements in these posts should not be used as legal advice about divorce or family law.
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