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Meet Our Summers: Mattie Curry

July 24, 2023

What made you interested in law as a Career?

My path to considering and pursuing law as a career was no straightforward one. I used to be uncertain of what I really wanted in a career. When I took a step back to reflect on my passions and envisioned myself in my ideal workplace environment, I realized that I possess a strong interest in the political process of this country as well as the structure and methods of its legal institutions. Further, embarking on my law school journey has proven to be one of the best decisions of my life, as my legal education has unearthed a powerful voice within myself. I have not just been trained to advocate for others, but also for myself.

 What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I believe it’s incredibly important to stimulate yourself both physically and mentally between classes and work shifts, so I make sure to go running, swimming, hiking, walking (especially with my chocolate lab, Bella), or strolling along the beach as often as possible. If I’m not outside then I’m probably binging some drama, sci-fi, and/or fantasy series.

 What made you want to apply to Cullen and Dykman’s Summer Associate Program?

One thing I greatly appreciate about this firm is its commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. The legal field can strike an individual as unwelcoming and/or competitive if they work in the wrong office. Cullen and Dykman is evidence of an embracing, collaborative setting, filled with supportive and genuine professionals. I’m glad to have been placed here.

 What have you enjoyed most about Cullen and Dykman’s program so far?

The Summer Program here is packed with social events which makes it easy to get to know some of the firm’s other attorneys. These events range from bowling outings to escape rooms, and they are all very enjoyable. I’d say attending them has been my favorite part.

 What academic/professional achievement are you most proud of?

I’m fairly proud of the fact that I am a member of and have managed to juggle being involved in two of my school’s three honor societies: The Touro Law Review and the Moot Court Honors Board.

Favorite Quote?

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

What advice do you have for prospective Summer Associates?

Be your most genuine, authentic self, and everything else you’re seeking will follow. To be a Summer Associate at the firm requires a strong work ethic and desire to learn, so assuming you’ve already achieved the position and don’t need to worry about that, authenticity is what’s going to attract everyone to you and make your experience the most enjoyable.

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