Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has a strong commitment to its summer associate program, firm shareholder and Recruiting Committee Chair James D. Newell told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an article published August 1, 2011.

Of the seven associates joining Buchanan from the 2011 graduating class, four were summer associates with the firm last year. One-third of the firm's 2009 summer associate class was hired as full-time associates in 2010, as were an additional six 2010 graduates.

This summer, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney had five summer associates.

Smaller associate programs are indicative of the economic downturn, Newell told the Post-Gazette, noting that it was not uncommon for pre-merger Klett Rooney Leiber & Schorling and Buchanan Ingersoll to employ a total of 30 summer associates.

"Those were sort of the glory days of the summer program," he said.

"Even if there are fewer of them," Newell explained, "it's important to have young lawyers engaged in the culture of the firm."