Summer Service Spots: Casey Kannenberg (’09)

Casey Kannenberg (’09) was hired as a summer associate at the prestigious Bingham McHale law firm, and in May he and his wife Catie and son Steven (17 months) moved to Indianapolis, IN. Casey expected the usual busy summer doing research, writing memos and getting to know the associates and partners. On his arrival, he was told that two of the summers would be chosen to participate in the Anti-Defamation League Summer Associate Research Program.
The Program is an honor, as only selected associates at the top firms throughout the country participate. Casey learned he was selected for the program. “It was an awesome pro bono experience,” Casey said. “Two summer associates are picked from each of the participating big Chicago firms and my firm in Indianapolis. I billed almost 70 pro bono hours working on the ADL program,” Casey said. “The ADL will publish executive summaries of our memoranda, and will likely use our research to help clients who have been victims of discrimination.” Casey’s assigned topic concerned a jewelry company’s allegedly offensive advertisement, featuring gold jewelry made from the fillings of Holocaust victims. “My task was to research potential claims for a potential client,” Casey said, “with special emphasis on potential free speech abuses, and the defenses to these claims.”

Casey was told that he was selected based on the strength of the service and legal writing components of his resume. As a law student, Casey volunteered at Table to Table (“T2T”), a food rescue organization in Iowa City and helped to forge a regular volunteering partnership between the law school and T2T. He worked as a research assistant for the public service program (now the Citizen Lawyer Program) in the summer of 2007.

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