An Innovative Experience

I am so excited to be the second Kain Lawyers Innovation Intern as part of the Kain and Michigan State University Law School partnership. When Socks asked me to write this blog and told me I only had 500 words, I didn’t realise how hard it would be to get all that I have learned into such a short space!

It was early in 2016 that I saw the opportunity to come to Australia and be an Innovation Intern at Kain Lawyers posted on the MSU Law School noticeboard.  After a gruelling application and interview process, I was beyond excited to hear that I was chosen.   As a second year Law Student and part of the MSU LegalRnD program, a 4-week internship in Adelaide, working with an innovative firm like Kain Lawyers is an incredible opportunity.

My project while I am here is to work out how to apply Project Management thinking and software to the way Kain Lawyers interact with their clients and solve their problems.

I spent months counting down the days until I would finally land in Adelaide, Australia. Before I knew it, I had landed in Sydney and five short days later, I was in the Adelaide airport wandering off the plane looking for two women in green and white striped rugby shirts. Although I had spoken to both Georgina “G” and Nicole “Nix” multiple times through the 6 month span prior to arriving, I expected there to be a few awkward silences as I was taken to my apartment from the airport. That was not the case. Nix and I laughed as we walked through the airport while my clothes were falling out of my suitcase and collecting the dirt off the ground. I felt right at home as soon as I landed in Adelaide and that feeling has not changed, even two weeks into my internship.

After getting settled into my apartment, I had about 3 hours before I would be picked up to be taken to Friday night drinks at the firm to meet everyone. I was so excited that I could not sleep, but little did I know that that was about the only three hours that I would have to sleep while in Adelaide. I have been kept extremely busy with working, speaking engagements at various Uni’s (the Australians shorten everything and have rubbed off on me), and my exhaustive social schedule.

Every day, I am shocked at how quickly my days pass by. I have spent most of my hours working on the implementation of Project Management software and I am looking forward to presenting my project. I did not expect to hear all of the different innovative perspectives and ideas from my colleagues. I knew that Kain Lawyers was an innovative firm, but I have been pleasantly surprised by how often I have fellow co-workers approach me to ask me questions that pose a new idea or approach.

One of the most poignant lessons that I have learned while working at Kain Lawyers is to take a step back to realize how fortunate I am and to take the time to give back. I will be forever touched by the time Kain Lawyers spent watching the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda and the two days that I spent with high schoolers helping with their job search and resume building. The philanthropic work that Kain Lawyers does is just one aspect of the firm that makes it so rewarding to work for. Working at Kain Lawyers has not just been working, but it has been forming relationships and creating memories of a lifetime that have changed my life for the better. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity.

Written by Sarah “Smack” McCormick