“The Greatest Opportunity That I Have Ever Had.”
My name is Anna Fayziyev and this is my third year at law school. I go to Touro Law School, and I was set up through a civil practice externship program from my school, which set me up with this law firm here. Basically I wanted to do real estate law, so, according to my preference, I was set up at Adam Leitman Bailey.
My role at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. was that of a legal intern. I was originally supposed to work with Rosemary, transactional attorney, to do closings and work of that sort. However, I did other work, such as research, going over some memos, writing articles, stuff like that.
What was it like working at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.?
I, actually, have never had a private law firm experience in a real estate setting, this was my first. I always knew I wanted to be in this field, but, like I said, I never had the private law firm experience, and I loved it. It was the greatest opportunity that I’ve ever had. It really taught me what I needed to know. I knew I wanted to be in this field, but up until this point, I wasn’t really sure what kind of work is done, and working here has helped me realize that–made me realize that this is the field for me, this is what I want to do.
Did you get to work with Adam Bailey directly?
I did work with Adam directly. He gave me a couple of assignments. One, we were going over a Blumberg lease form, so we were drafting a sublease for a coop. I was basically drafting back and forth with him on that as well as I worked on the Tenant Fair Chance Act, for which I had to write an article, basically describing what tenant screening is. So I got to work with him on that article as well.
What type of tasks did you perform during your internship?
Among the tasks I performed, like I said, I did transactional work with Rosemary and Tasha, did invoices for the closings, the closing documents. I actually was sent to a closing one time, which I was just thrilled, it was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had–to be there, to sit as an attorney was great. As for the closings, we filed UCC1s, we filed UCC3s. So a lot of work pertaining to the closings. Also I did a lot of research, I did a lot of landlord tenant research. Just tenants duties, landlords duties as they come up. I had to do research on a Los Angeles based company one time. A big part of what I was doing here was the Blumberg lease, the sublease, and the tenant screening article, aside from all the transactional work.
What have you learned from working at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.?
Well, number one, I think, from working in a law firm setting, I think it’s very important as to who you’re working with because the people around you make your environment.
They have a great impact on the kind of experience you will have. I learned a lot from the people that I’ve worked with, and I’ve learned professionalism, how to carry yourself as an attorney. I learned a lot of work in the field of real estate, which I wanted to learn.
What was the most memorable experience from your internship?
I’d have to say that one of my most memorable moments of my experience here was when I was sent to the closing. I basically had to bring some checks, collect some checks, and collect documents and make sure they had the proper documents needed. So basically the last step of the closing was up to me. I felt like it was a big responsibility on me to make sure everything was right, to make sure I come back and make sure I give them the necessary documents. So yeah, that was definitely a great experience. I remember coming out of that and calling my mom; it was great, I loved it.
What is the best aspect of working at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.?
As i mentioned before, the people who you work with is a big deal, so I loved the environment, I loved the respect and how everybody associates with you. They’re teaching me, I’m learning from them, but at the same time, I’m not looked down upon because I’m a student or I’m not an attorney yet. I feel at the same level with them, and I think that’s very important. I’ve heard of other experiences, and I’ve had other experiences, where it’s not the case. So it’s definitely important. I think that was definitely what stood out at me.
How has this internship prepared you for the future?
This internship has prepared me for the future in that, as I said before, I’ve wanted to be in this field of law, but I wasn’t exactly sure what its day to day work actually dealt with. It basically reinstated for me that this is what I want to do, and I will be looking for work in this field. It basically made me realize that this is the right area for me.
If another student asked me if they should intern here, absolutely. Actually, that’s how I found out about this firm. A previous student from my school told me about it, and she absolutely loved it here, and that’s how I found out about it, like I said. I would recommend it for sure. Definitely, it’s a great experience for a student.
I would just like to thank Adam, obviously, for the amazing opportunity of working here, and everyone else that I have had, or did not have, the opportunity of working with. It was a great experience, and I’ll definitely never forget.