I am incredibly grateful to have spent my first two years out of college at Sanford Heisler Sharp as a legal assistant. The firm presents legal assistants with an unparalleled opportunity to make meaningful contributions to case work and office management; this exposure is perhaps the best professional development activity a recent undergraduate can have. Guided by extremely talented and creative attorneys, legal assistants are fully integrated into the firm and are provided with a professional “home.” Moreover, it is evident that the firm’s leadership cares about employees personally. I feel extremely fortunate to the firm’s leaders for their support of employees and their commitment to public interest work. Finally, throughout my time at the firm, I have come to a deeper understanding of the injustices that are present in our lives and workplaces. While this may sound disheartening, I have become more aware of the aforementioned injustices that percolate our workplaces and lives, and I thank the firm for demonstrating every day the importance of advocating for employees.
The legal assistant position is rewarding and challenging, and I am personally impressed by the growth my peers and I experienced at the firm. My time at Sanford Heisler Sharp has reaffirmed my passion for social justice, and I have the utmost respect for all who work in public interest fields. I thank the firm for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime to work towards a more just future. I am also extremely grateful to the firm’s attorneys for their tireless work on behalf of clients and to make Sanford Heisler Sharp a warm and welcoming workplace.— K.M.
My time at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP radically changed how I view the law and the people who work within it. As a Legal Intake Specialist, the firm tasked me with speaking to hundreds of potential clients, listening to the breadth of their concerns, and translating that information back to our attorneys to determine if the individual had a legal claim. This practice sharpened my understanding of how to spot complex legal issues and pinpoint exactly where the law does or does not protect our citizens. Speaking with hundreds of potential clients doesn’t come without difficulty. Through this job I learned to appreciate the evils of workplace discrimination and the immeasurable toll it takes on our clients. I used the principles of trauma-informed care to patiently hear our potential client’s claims and dig out illegal actions from emotionally volatile experiences.
Each attorney at the firm fostered a learning environment during our calls and intakes. They would often take our intakes and expand them out, exploring the law, context, and history to explain thorny legal issues. Every day at Sanford Heisler Sharp felt like I was in the classroom again. I leave the firm to attend law school and I am more confident than ever that I am equipped and prepared to become an attorney. I couldn’t recommend this position enough for college graduates looking for a job between undergraduate education and graduate or law school.— Meredith W.
In my experience, the legal assistant role at Sanford Heisler Sharp is one that gives back as much as one puts in, if not more. Nearly every case and every assignment offers new opportunities to learn and grow on both a personal and professional level. These lessons are facilitated by an extremely talented team of attorneys and support staff that are always willing to either guide someone in the right direction or to help in a more hands-on manner when the need arises. Furthermore, it offers a window into the practice of law not always offered by similar roles at other firms, as legal assistants at Sanford Heisler Sharp are often given responsibilities that require them to immerse themselves in the facts and theories of the cases they are staffed on. The typical legal assistant will find themselves staffed on a diverse set of cases, ranging from pre-suit representation, individual litigation, complex litigation or even clemency cases, and they can expect to gain a wide range of experiences and perspectives along the way. For some, including myself, this provides an invaluable experience in allowing one to see the day-to-day practice of law up close, identify the skills required to succeed in the field and determine whether they have a passion for the practice. Ultimately, my time at Sanford Heisler Sharp left me a more thoughtful, attentive and flexible individual and equipped me with many of the analytical and critical thinking skills that I will require as I either go to law school or make professional inroads elsewhere. — Anderson R.
I am so grateful to have spent two years at Sanford Heisler Sharp prior to attending law school. The opportunity to work at a boutique private public interest firm allowed me to take on substantial responsibilities and therefore learn a great deal not just about civil rights litigation, but about lawyering in general. My two years at Sanford Heisler Sharp strengthened my resolve to go to law school by helping me better understand what I want to do with my law degree in the public interest space. — A Former Legal Assistant
My time at Sanford Heisler Sharp has been a rewarding experience. The work is substantial, but the causes are meaningful and the team is passionate. After two years with this firm, I am both a better person and professional. — A Former Legal Assistant
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I'm about to start my second semester at NYU, and wanted to write and let you know how much I've been enjoying 1L so far, and how well I think working with you at Sanford Heisler Sharp prepared me for the demands of being a law student. — A Former Legal Assistant
The two years I spent as a Legal Assistant at Sanford Heisler Sharp challenged and shaped me in ways I never could have anticipated. The learning curve was steep, as expected, but the collaborative environment and supportive staff at the Firm encouraged me every step of the way. I learned so much and am thankful for the irreplaceable professional development and personal growth that arose from my time at Sanford Heisler Sharp. I am deeply grateful for the mentorship I received and the long lasting connections I made at SHS. I can confidently say that I feel adequately prepared and ready for the rigors of law school due to the experience and exposure I gained as a Legal Assistant at Sanford Heisler Sharp. — A Former Legal Assistant
I look back at my two years at Sanford Heisler Sharp as a unique opportunity that exposed me to the breadth of civil litigation and allowed me to work alongside some of the most creative attorneys in the field. Through my hands on experience as a legal assistant, I have gained and strengthened skills that will serve me well across fields. I leave the firm with a deeper understanding of why I want to go to law school and with mentors that I hope to stay in touch with for years to come. — A Former Legal Assistant
At Sanford Heisler Sharp, I had the privilege of assisting wonderful clients and developing critical skills in the company of talented and compassionate colleagues. I feel very grateful for my time there. — A Former Legal Assistant
Being a Legal Assistant at Sanford Heisler Sharp has been a wonderful experience. I am grateful to have worked with such talented and kind attorneys and co-workers. The work we do is exciting, challenging, and most of all, rewarding. — A Former Legal Assistant
My time at Sanford Heisler Sharp has easily been two of the most formative years of my life. The breadth of experience in both individual and collective actions has provided me a great foundation to value the ways civil litigation can be a vehicle for change. Through rigors and rewards of my work, I gained a deeper appreciation of what it meant to be a lawyer. I walk away from my time at the firm not only with the realization of why I want to be a lawyer, but having met mentors who have shown me what type of advocate I want to become. — A Former Legal Assistant