Kaitlyn Bello           
 Joshua Borneman           
 Wesley Davis
 Darby Festa    Samuel Gray    Chris Hirokawa

KAITLYN BELLO

KAITLYN BELLO

Looking back on your time as a summer associate at Stradley, what was your most memorable experience?
My most memorable summer experience was the investment management group’s Boathouse event. It was a great opportunity to meet and see my coworkers from a new perspective. I was given insight into the culture of the firm both in and out of the office. I enjoyed interacting with other summer associates and lawyers outside the traditional office setting.

What inspired you to be a lawyer?
Since I was in grade school, I have been interested in finance and economics. I vividly recall the financial crisis being on a loop on the news. It was a constant dinner conversation in my household. I decided that one day I wanted to make impactful decisions as Henry Paulson did during the financial crisis. While studying financial economics in college, my love for this subject really started to grow and expand further to investment management. Law school was my next step, where I further developed what is now a true passion in my life.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? 
The best advice I have ever received is to never give up. No matter how stacked against you the odds are or however difficult a challenge might seem, you should never lose faith in yourself. It is always possible to create your own path to achieve your goals.

Why did you choose Stradley Ronon? 
I was initially drawn to Stradley because of the investment management group. Once I was immersed in the work culture, I knew I had found the right place for me. The values that I uphold both in and out of the workplace are strongly aligned with Stradley. The firm places a high value on its people, and I’m proud to be a member of this team. I could not have asked for a better place to start my law career.


Ashley Evans

JOSHUA BORNEMAN

Looking back on your time as a summer associate at Stradley, what was your most memorable experience? 
I really enjoyed the Boathouse investment management group event in Philadelphia. It allowed me to meet lots of different people from my future practice group in a unique setting. 

What inspired you to be a lawyer?
I wanted to become a lawyer so I could work on impactful and challenging projects while helping clients. I also developed an interest in finance and the markets after graduating from college. Pursuing a law degree with a securities specialization gave me the chance to work in an area I find very interesting.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? 
To not hesitate to make decisions and sacrifices to better yourself and your career. I’m not sure I would have gone to law school without that advice.

Why did you choose Stradley Ronon? 
I was drawn to Stradley Ronon because of the opportunity to work in the investment management group. That, combined with the friendly and congenial atmosphere that I felt beginning with my first round of interviews, set the firm apart from other potential employers. 


Ashley Evans

WESLEY DAVIS

Looking back on your time as a summer associate at Stradley, what was your most memorable experience? 
I enjoyed traveling to Washington, D.C., with the other summer associates. It was exciting to tour the firm’s D.C. office as it was under construction and to spend time getting to know the people working in the D.C. office.  

What inspired you to be a lawyer?
After college, I did a community service program helping people who have criminal records find employment. I met a federal magistrate judge through this work, Maureen Kelly. Judge Kelly discussed the benefits of practicing law with me and allowed me to sit in on her hearings for the Reintegration into Society Efforts (RISE) program, which provides support to people in the federal probation system. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? 
After a big win, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will always say, “We have a big windshield and a small rearview mirror.” 

Why did you choose Stradley Ronon? 
Stradley seemed like a firm where I could see myself doing challenging work with people who are enjoyable to spend a lot of time around.  


Katherine DurrDARBY FESTA

Looking back on your time as a summer associate at Stradley, what was your most memorable experience? 
The most memorable experience from my time as a summer associate was the afternoon that we volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House. It was such a special event, and I really enjoyed the time I spent with the patients, their families, and the other summers and volunteers. 

What inspired you to be a lawyer?
In my junior year of college, I took a Law and Economics class. I was an Econ major and had never considered law school before, but the class was an instant favorite of mine. After a few discussions with my professor about what a career in law would look like, I decided to apply to law school.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? 
A basketball coach I had when I was a kid told me that it wasn’t the mistakes made that defined a player, but how quickly he learned from them. That has stuck with me to this day. 

Why did you choose Stradley Ronon? 
What set Stradley apart from other firms was how friendly and welcoming everyone was. I wanted to be in an environment where everyone genuinely enjoyed going to work, and at Stradley, I felt that was the case.


Zachary Bradley

SAMUEL GRAY

Looking back on your time as a summer associate at Stradley, what was your most memorable experience? 
I enjoyed getting to know my fellow summer associates and sharing in the experience of discovering life at Stradley. My most memorable moment was watching Karl Myers argue in front of the Third Circuit.

What inspired you to be a lawyer?
I came to appreciate the importance of the law in establishing transparent rules that allow businesses to form, develop and succeed after having lived in a foreign country with a lack of the rule of law. I wish to build upon my background in economics and better understand the dynamic nexus of business enterprise and the law.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? 
Do not let what is out of your control interfere with all the things you can control. There are five things you can control every day: attitude, words, actions, manners and effort.

Why did you choose Stradley Ronon? 
I chose Stradley because of the people. Everyone I met over the summer was kind and generous with their time despite the demands of the profession. I saw a culture of camaraderie and excellence in which I felt I could learn and thrive. 


Michael Amugo

CHRIS HIROKAWA

Looking back on your time as a summer associate at Stradley, what was your most memorable experience? 
One of my favorite experiences from last summer was sitting in for the appellate arguments in the Fields v. Speaker of the PA House of Reps. While we read plenty of appellate opinions in law school, I had never sat in for appellate arguments before or had an opportunity to talk shop both before and after the oral arguments with the attorneys who were actually arguing the case. After talking to Karl Myers and Spencer Short, it was a lot of fun to watch the strategies play out in real time. 

What inspired you to be a lawyer?
I’ve always had an interest in the law, and after a few years of working in New York, I realized that I often gravitated to projects that involved figuring out legal puzzles. Whether it was a splashy copyright infringement issue, discussions on a single clause in a company’s bylaws or space technology export regulations, I enjoyed figuring out how all the rules fit together to influence our daily lives — especially when the rules seemed banal at first glance. When I got to law school, I knew that this was the right profession for me.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? 
“Hana yori dango” (literally translated as “dumplings instead of flowers”), a Japanese proverb encouraging practicality over the purely aesthetic.

Why did you choose Stradley Ronon? 
Throughout my interview process with Stradley, every conversation felt completely natural. Everyone I met seemed genuinely happy to be at Stradley, and all the conversations felt like friendly chats with interesting people instead of a law firm interview. When I had the opportunity to really get to know everyone a little better last summer, I realized that Stradley was the right fit for me!