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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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Blueprint for an IPO

Companies go public to raise capital to fuel growth, pay down debt and provide liquidity to shareholders. Although all issuers and offerings are different, the basic process of going public remains relatively constant. Blueprint for an IPO identifies the key players, details the process and identifies the obligations companies will face after going public.

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Summer Program FAQs

Hiring for the Summer Associate Program

Q: What are the dates of the 2018 summer associate program?

A: We currently have a second-half only program that is tentatively scheduled to run from June 25, 2018 through August 3, 2018.

Q: How many summer associates does your firm expect to hire each year?

A: The size of our summer associate program is based on our projected need for new attorneys. Over the past few years, the size of our summer associate program has remained fairly consistent. For the past three years we have averaged 23 in our summer class and in 2017 we had a slightly larger class of 27.

Q: What criteria do you look for when hiring summer associates?

A: We hire only summer associates who show the potential to be excellent attorneys. We seek well-rounded and highly motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills, strong academic achievement, strong work ethic and the desire to work in a team environment.


Summer Associate Program at a Glance

Q: What kind of training can I expect to receive from your Summer Associate Program?

A: Our goal is to give summer associates a realistic impression of what it would be like to work at Bass, Berry & Sims. As a result, summer associates have many opportunities to observe the attorneys as well as participate in client meetings, depositions, conference calls, hearings, trials and closings. In addition, a summer associate gets hands-on experience by drafting documents, preparing motions, etc. We also emphasize constructive feedback as part of our summer program so that progress may be noted through the course of the program.

Q: Will I have a mentor as a summer associate?

A: Yes. Each summer associate is assigned both a partner mentor, who serves as an advisor on firm questions and long-term goals, and an associate mentor. The associate mentor oversees the summer associate's work assignments and serves as an integral part of acclimating the summer associate into our firm.

Q: How is work distributed and what types of assignments can I expect to receive as a summer associate?

A: The work assignment process is managed by the associate mentor. Summer associates are asked to list any practice preferences and are given the opportunity to choose assignments that match his or her interests. Summer associates are given substantive assignments that are typical of assignments actually given to our associates.

Q: What if I am interested in multiple practice areas and do not know which area I would prefer?

A: The work assignment process, with the assistance of your attorney mentors, will allow you to receive assignments from a variety of practice areas if you so choose. Throughout the summer, some practice groups host luncheons or other activities that will provide the summer associate with an overview of that practice area. Summer associates are encouraged to get to know and work with as many attorneys from the various practice areas as is possible during the summer program.

Q: How many billable and non-billable hours will I need to complete as a summer associate?

A: Summer associates are not expected to meet a minimum amount of billable or non-billable hours. However, assignments given to summer associates are reflective of the work given to our associates. Our full-time associates typically bill between 1,850 and 2,050 hours annually. We also expect all of our attorneys to be involved in non-billable activities, such as pro bono matters, bar related activities, recruiting, attorney development and continuing education.

Q: What salary can I expect to make as a summer associate?

A: The summer associate salary for 2L students is currently $1,950 per week in our Tennessee offices 
and $2,800 per week in our Washington, D.C. office. The summer associate salary for 1L students is currently $1,600 per week in our Tennessee offices and $2,100 per week in our Washington, D.C. office.

Q: What is the dress code at Bass, Berry & Sims?

A: Our firm maintains a business casual dress code year round.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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