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On December 1, 2016, Parker Hannifin Corporation and CLARCOR Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Parker will acquire CLARCOR for approximately $4.3 billion in cash, including the assumption of net debt. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each company. Upon closing of the transaction, expected to be completed by or during the first quarter of Parker’s fiscal year 2018, CLARCOR will be combined with Parker’s Filtration Group to form a leading and diverse global filtration business. Bass, Berry & Sims has served CLARCOR as primary corporate and securities counsel for 10 years and served as lead counsel on this transaction. Read more here.

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Our summer program is designed to provide law students with a realistic picture of life as an associate at Bass, Berry & Sims and to assess a candidate's ability to contribute to our firm.

Summer Associate Class Size/Offers for Permanent Employment

Throughout the years, we have sustained an impressive class of summer associates. By looking at past trends, we are able to determine our future hiring needs and satisfy much of our demand from the summer program. In 2014, we extended offers to 20 of our 22 summer associates. In 2015, we had a total of 25 summer associates and after two withdrew from consideration, we extended offers to 20 of the remaining 23. This past summer of 2016, we had a total of 23 summer associates and extended 22 offers.

Summer Associate Program Events/Opportunities

The summer associates have numerous opportunities to meet all of our attorneys and to be introduced to our firm through training and mentoring, work assignments and various activities that are planned throughout the summer.

  • Training/Mentoring – Our summer associate program is structured to offer a comprehensive overview of our various practice areas. Prior to joining us, we ask the summer associate to identify whether there are areas of practice in which he or she has particularly strong interests. We then choose a partner mentor and an associate mentor to oversee the experience for each student. This involves monitoring his or her work assignments, providing opportunities for the summer associate to interact and work with attorneys throughout the firm and identifying non-traditional projects for the summer associate, such as observing and participating in closings, depositions, client meetings, trials, etc. This system allows for flexibility if the summer associate is interested in multiple practice areas.
  • Social Events – During the summer, our firm sponsors a variety of social events to help the summer associates become better acquainted with the attorneys and their families. Past activities have included receptions and dinners at local venues and attorneys' homes, out of town trips, cultural performances/exhibits, and sporting events. We also have a number of informal lunches and dinners designed to allow our summer associates to spend time with our attorneys in a small, more informal atmosphere.

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