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Job Jar

Law school teaches students how to think differently, but it doesn't expose students to the broad scope of practice areas in the real world. The Solution? The Warner Job Jar.

Attorneys submit diverse projects to an electronic system, which are assigned to summer associates. The Job Jar provides summer associates access to projects from various practice areas, attorneys and offices.

The Job Jar is also utilized by our first-year associates who want to try a variety of practice areas. Here is a list of some 2019 summer Job Jar projects:

  • We are drafting an amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court petition involving the Federal Arbitration Act for [Client]. [Client] has twice submitted briefs in similar cases and we will largely be reusing those briefs. I need a summer associate to research and update the law in those briefs in particular California and Ninth Circuit law. (Appellate)
  • Draft 10-page reply brief for Michigan Supreme Court mini-oral argument involving the question of whether a police-station show-up identification procedure is impermissibly suggestive and violates due process. (Appellate)
  • In light of the recent US Supreme Court decision and the new Michigan state court law regarding civil forfeiture that will go into effect soon, we are looking for a memo that outlines the requirements/limits/rules governing state civil forfeiture and federal civil forfeiture to use as a resource moving forward. Please note if the rules are different for marijuana. (Cannabis)
  • Assist with formation of a 501(c)(3) organization. Work product will include organizational documents, AG filing, tax-exemption application, and client memos. (Charitable Organizations)
  • Draft letter to contractual partner regarding interpretation of contract governing reimbursement for our client`s air ambulance services. (Commercial Transactions)
  • Standard AIA forms for contraction between the owner and contractor and owner and architect (A201-2007 General Conditions and in the B101-2007 Standard Form Agreement) contain waiver of consequential damages clauses. I would like research on Michigan law regarding these clauses and how successful owners are on getting damages for lost profits and financing despite the clauses. Our client is an owner/developer who has suffered significant profit and financing losses due to delays caused by the contractor and architect. Need research on whether we can get any damages with the parties signing theses standard agreements. (Construction Litigation)
  • A [Company Name] customer bought four items in one transaction. Each of the four items was mislabeled, so it rang up at a higher price than the labeled price. The customer notified the service desk and was paid the price difference - not the damages (10x price difference or $5, whichever is greater) required by MI law. He waited, knowing that there is an additional damage provision if the required damages are not paid in two days. He has now demanded $1000. [Company] would like to say he has only entitled to $250, because all four items were in the same transaction on the same day. Does the $250 penalty apply here, or is it aggregated to $1000? (Consumer Protection)
  • Prepare updated Articles and Bylaws for [Entity Name], a Michigan nonprofit corporation. (Corporations)
  • Contact client to collect tether download information, letters of recommendation and drug screen results. Using this information, prepare sentencing memorandum for submission to the Court prior to Sentencing Hearing scheduled for [Date]. (Criminal)
  • Draft client alert regarding action items for compliance with California Consumer Privacy Act. (Data Privacy)
  • The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction includes several affirmative defenses. I need someone to collect examples of how courts have applied two of those defenses -- the “well-settled” defense and the preference of the child defense. (Domestic Relations)
  • I would like a summary of the key settlement terms for the various New Source Review enforcement cases (under the Clean Air Act) against cement manufacturing companies. (Environmental)
  • In June, the United States House of Representatives will likely pass the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (the “SAFE Banking Act”), which would allow banks to provide banking services to marijuana related businesses. The House Financial Services Committee reported out the bill in March. I need you to draft a memo to our banking clients that summarizes the SAFE Banking Act in a question and answer format. You can begin now with the bill as it passed the House Committee, but will need to monitor and reflect any amendments when the whole House considers the bill. (Financial Institutions)
  • We wrote the chapter on Michigan FOIA laws and litigation for the 50-state compendium published by the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press. It is time to do an annual update, so I need you to find all the FOIA litigation and legislative developments since the last revision, and update the text accordingly. (First Amendment)
  • [College] wants to provide a one price for all access to the college instead of separate charges for tuition, room & board, fees, etc. All students would pay the same amount whether living on or off campus. [College] provides a discount to many of its students. Section 117 excludes scholarships and grants for tuition and related expenses (books and other educational tools). Scholarships and grants for room and board and other would be taxable. If [College] provided a discount, how would it determine the amount that applies to tuition v. room/board? Is there any discussion in the regulations, rules or case law on the topic? What are the information reporting requirements that [College] has? (I am aware of 1098-T.) (Higher Education)
  • Client is a Permanent Resident and has decided to file an N-400 Application for Naturalization to acquire U.S. citizenship. Client’s Green Card is expiring soon. Presume client has no travel plans. Query: Is there any adverse consequence to the Client for not filing the I-90 Alien Resident Card (green card) renewal and merely filing the N-400? Note: By the time of the N-400 Interview, the green card will have been expired for several months. (Immigration)
  • Research current status of USMCA trade agreement, including key differences between USMCA and NAFTA and likelihood of USMCA obtaining Congressional approval. (International Trade)
  • [Summer Associate] assisted with the preparation and presentation of a webinar yesterday. We have received several questions from attendees and would like [Summer Associate] to research and draft answers to these questions regarding the EEO-1 pay data requirements. (Labor and Employment)
  • The underlying action is a multi-district litigation (MDL) pending in C.D. California. Our client is a non-party who resides in Florida. Can our client be compelled to appear as a witness in the trial in California given it is an MDL? If so, can he only be compelled to testify in a de benne esse deposition rather than appear live at the trial? (Litigation/Civil Procedure)
  • Update previously conducted legal and non-legal research regarding issues faced by municipalities looking to implement, onboard others onto, and monetize publicly-owned intelligent transportation system (ITS) and connected vehicle assets. Legal research includes high-level issues related to connected/automated vehicle-specific regulations, cybersecurity, data privacy, FOIA, IP, and corporate formation topics. Non-legal research consists primarily of summarizing publicly available information about what other municipalities are doing in this space. (Municipal)
  • Please research whether a person becomes a partner under Michigan`s Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act when the person receives an assignment of limited partnership interest, but the partnership`s certificate of partnership is never amended to reflect the addition of the person as a limited partner. (Partnerships)
  • Please research opinions from both the Michigan Tax Tribunal and the Court of Appeals finding that a gas well on residential property affects the True Cash Value of the property. (Real Property)
  • I need you to help me change the world. Specifically, to research the state of the law and legal literature (mostly the literature) on the intersection of augmented reality and real property rights. This is an area where I have already litigated the very first case, where jurisdictions across the country are looking to legislate, and where real clients are coming to us looking for real advice. Because the area is so fresh, arguments in law journals could actually carry some real weight and help me shape my advice. There are not a ton, but I need you to read them and summarize their arguments. (Real Property)
  • Prepare quitclaim deed for property that will be transferred in connection with foreclosure. (Restructuring/Insolvency)
  • Research the process for de-listing a company from trading on the OTC Pink Market. (Securities)
  • Prepare 50-state Blue Sky survey for a Regulation D private placement regarding the requirements for the employees of the issuer to register as a broker/dealer or agent. (Securities)
  • Review trademark prosecution and enforcement files for [Client] at client’s facility. (Trademarks)

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“Warner’s use of a job jar system to assign associate projects is a unique concept and helped me narrow down my interest areas. As a summer associate, and now a first-year associate, I’ve received a wide-range of projects from partners in areas that I didn’t even realize I had an interest in. It made me feel like Warner really cares about helping me find the practice area that is best for me, and not automatically slot me in a practice group like many firms do.”

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Kaitlin Sheets

Associate, Class of 2018

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