2023 Summer Associate Feature: Kara Stark Smith, Creighton University School of Law

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Fraser Stryker hosted a group of brilliant, ambitious law students during our 2023 Summer Associate program. We are excited to share insights from Kara Stark Smith about her experience this summer.


Kara Stark Smith is currently set to graduate from Creighton University School of Law in May 2024. At Creighton, Kara is in the top 10% of her class, serves as a Law Ambassador, and is a member of the Creighton Scholars Program. She has gained valuable experience throughout her academic career, working as an Undergraduate Legal Intern for the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office and an Intern for the White House Management Office in Washington, D.C.

Q: What is the greatest lesson about the legal field that you will take with you from your time at Fraser Stryker?

A: I learned that some of the most successful attorneys are the most creative. Throughout the summer, I watched Fraser Stryker attorneys constantly think outside the box to best advocate for their clients. 

Q: Tell us about one of your proudest achievements while at Fraser Stryker.

A: This summer, I had the opportunity to spend two days with a Fraser Stryker attorney and his clients as they prepared for a pretty heavy deposition. I learned so much about the personal side of practicing law. It was powerful to talk with the clients about their fears and concerns leading up to the deposition, and it was powerful to listen as they shared their stories of resiliency and perseverance during the deposition. This experience made me proud to be at Fraser Stryker, a firm full of passionate attorneys that genuinely care for their clients.

Q: How has the experience as a Fraser Stryker Summer Associate help you take the next steps in your legal career path?

A: My two summers as a Fraser Stryker Summer Associate have made me more confident and more efficient. My legal writing skills have improved with every project, and I have grown comfortable engaging with clients. My time at Fraser Stryker has also given me many mentors who genuinely care about my interests and goals.

About the Fraser Stryker Summer Associate Program

The Summer Associate Program is structured to give summer associates a realistic experience, which is comparable to that of a first-year attorney. Visit the Fraser Stryker Summer Associate Program page to learn more about our program.

This article has been prepared for general information purposes and (1) does not create or constitute an attorney-client relationship, (2) is not intended as a solicitation, (3) is not intended to convey or constitute legal advice, and (4) is not a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified attorney. Always seek professional counsel prior to taking action.

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