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In a Last-Minute Twist, Morris Manning Says It Will Host Summer Associates

Last fall Morris, Manning & Martin decided to cut its 2010 summer associate program and withdrew from on-campus interviews as a result. The move followed a decision last spring to ax the firm’s 2009 summer associate program.

Never mind. The law firm announced today that is hosting a 10-week program for nine summer associates after all. Vanessa Goggans, the firm’s human resources partner, said in a press statement (PDF) that changed economic conditions make the turnabout possible.

“Like many major law firms, MMM elected not to host a summer program in 2009,” Goggans said. “Since then we have experienced significant economic improvement and the firm is excited and encouraged that we have business demands to support nine summer law students.”

The law firm got most of its new recruits through on-campus interviews this spring at the University of Georgia law school, according to spokeswoman Terri Thornton.

Morris Manning’s managing partner, Louise Wells, told the American Lawyer in a story published earlier this month that things are picking up at the law firm. “I think it will be a decidedly better year than 2009,” Wells said. “There is not a lawyer at our firm who isn’t busier than last year.”

Updated at 10:40 a.m. to include comment by Thornton and at 10:50 a.m. to include information from Wells’ American Lawyer interview.

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