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Dunn Carney offers Summer Associates the opportunity to work closely with a range of attorneys in varied practice areas, seek out projects of interest and learn the importance of the client’s perspective.

We treat our Summer Associates as first-year attorneys, entrusting them with meaningful client work under attorney supervision and including them in all social events throughout the summer. 

“A lot of firms say they have an open-door policy. At Dunn Carney you really do.”

STACIE DAMAZO
2018 SUMMER ASSOCIATE (Hired as 2019 Dunn Carney Associate)

Summer Associate Program at Dunn Carney


  • Hands-on work experience
  • Opportunities for direct client interaction
  • Strong mentor-mentee relationships
  • Opportunities for pro bono work
  • Participation in firm networking events and activities
  • Opportunities to observe depositions, client meetings, and hearings
  • A collegial environment

For decades, Dunn Carney has invited law students to complement their legal education with legal experience. Managing Partner Jon Bennett first came to the firm as a summer associate, as did partners Heather Guthrie, Tim Hering, Eric Kekel, Elizabeth Knight, Kenneth Davis and Sam Smith, and associates Natalie Stack, Lauren Russell, and Connor Bottomly.

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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Dunn Carney. We are currently accepting applications for our 2020 Summer Associate program.  Please email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing sample to HR Director Donna Moser, at dmoser@dunncarney.com.  The application deadline for the 2020 Summer Associate program is July 31, 2019. Students with strong work experience, proven academic performance and a commitment to Portland are encouraged to apply. Thank you in advance for your interest in our program.