My name is Jake Dellicker, and I am returning for a second year with Cornerstone Law Firm as an intern. As a rising senior studying philosophy at Grove City College and speaking in a true philosophical frame, I believe it is important to know how to think first and develop skills later.
I have always had a keen interest in the legal field. Ever since I was little, I have been known to play devil’s advocate and can sometimes rub those closest to me the wrong way with my need to argue everything. All this aside, I do genuinely believe that law is a critical field of study to enable everyone to navigate the complex legal system. In both criminal and civil matters, everyone deserves representation and has the right to utilize the legal system as established by both the constitution and the states. Even for those who commit horrendous crimes, a legal defense is entirely necessary, and I would rather ten guilty men go free than one wrongfully accused.
Why did I come back for a second year? Simply put, I had a great experience working with a great staff that shared many of my same values. Truly the attorneys I worked with embody the line from my favorite poem “If” where they can “walk with kings – [but not] lose the common touch.” While last summer was unusual at times, each person in the office genuinely took an interest in me and my development, not just as someone with aspirations for a future in law, but as a person. They trusted me with responsibility from day one and challenged me to work in situations where I myself did not feel up to the task. I gained a wide slew of experience ranging from paralegal work, to deposition interviews, to jury selection and a weeks long trial. Each experience helped me to better evaluate my future in law, which I hope to further assess this summer.