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Holly Furlow

Goldman and Peterson and Port of Corpus Christi – San Antonio, Texas

Holly Furlow

What do you like most about your job?

Goldman and Peterson is a great learning environment. It gave me the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects that helped me develop practical litigation and general experience. My favorite part is that the partners and associates took the time to explain the litigation process to me and provided constructive criticism on my projects that helped me develop my skills.

How do you think this experience has helped you in your career path?

This job has given me insight into the practical aspects of being a lawyer and how to efficiently run a law firm as a business. I have been able to apply the legal concepts I learned during my first year of law school directly to actual cases. The direct feedback I received on the motions I drafted helped me improve my legal writing skills and better understand the ligation process.

Do you plan to continue working at this job into the next school year, and after graduation?

I will continue to work for Goldman & Peterson through the 2023-2024 school year. I am excited to continue to learn and work on projects I started this summer. I am currently evaluating clerkships for the 2024 summer to explore all areas of the law in which I have interest.  Goldman & Peterson definitely has all of the qualities of a firm I would work for after graduation

What do you like most about your job?

My favorite part of my job is getting to be at The Port every day and seeing the vast and unique aspects of business, politics, and law involved in the operation of The Port. I have thoroughly enjoyed sitting in on committee meetings and learning how the Port of Corpus Christi is run, as well as gaining insight into the marine shipping industry.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at this job?

The most valuable thing I have learned on the job is to be flexible. The Port of Corpus Christi’s legal team faces a diverse array of legal issues every day. For the Port’s lawyers to be successful, they must be proficient in many areas of law and ready to tackle new tasks every day. The attorneys’ flexibility allows them to adapt to new issues they face and proficiently handle them for their client’s success.

What doors has this job opened for you, whether in your personal or professional life?

This internship has allowed me to make great contacts. I have shadowed Dane Brunne, who is an outstanding attorney and has been an excellent mentor. He has helped me learn about shipping and maritime law and explained to me the inner workings of the Port of CC. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to shadow and learn from him. Working at The Port of Corpus Christi has confirmed my interest in maritime and shipping law. This internship has also allowed me to make many valuable contacts within the industry in which I am actively pursuing a career.

What is the one piece of advice you have for other students?

I advise students to start making contacts as soon as possible for future clerkships and be proactive in applying for summer clerkships. As a first-year J.D. student, you likely have little to no experience in the legal field. Making personal connections with future employers and applying early will give you an advantage in securing a clerkship. Also, students should be aggressive in determining deadlines for applying for clerkships as they are often much earlier than one may realize. If possible, try to have a job in a different area of practice for each summer session so you are exposed to different areas of law. This is the best way to figure out what you enjoy and where you would like to pursue a future career! I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had this summer, and they have tremendously helped me in learning the practical aspects of being an attorney.