I had never thought about this opportunity before, but I think I'm going to start doing something a little differently when preparing for these law library conferences. I'm going to start contacting the law librarians at the schools that my firm's Summer Associates are attending to see who will be attending the conference that year. Perhaps we could meet up and discuss what we could both do to help the student succeed when he or she is ready to come back as an Associate next year. Simple things like identifying journals that we commonly route to the practice group could help keep the law student up to date on issues that others within their potential practice group are reading. Not only could it help the student, but it may also help the librarians by exposing each of them to materials they may not have currently in their own collections.
We law firm librarians tend to complain that law schools don't prepare students for the realities of law firm life. Maybe here is an opportunity to give pointed suggestions to the law school's librarians on how to assist specific students to be better prepared for the transition. At the very least, it gives us one more opportunity to network with others in our field.