Structure the relationship with an intern. Set clear rules around important matters such as the scope of the internship, compensation, confidentiality, intellectual property ownership and termination of the relationship.
About Sara Hawkins
I am a leading business and intellectual property attorney for entrepreneurs, content creators, online professionals, and bloggers. My practice is run entirely online and inhabiting the same virtual world as many of my clients, making my services convenient and accessible to business professionals who operate in a border-less environment.
I’ve been a lawyer over 15 years and can say that I made a good choice. I’ve been practicing as a social media lawyer long before the term “social media” was coined. I have both an MBA and a JD, and did that on purpose. While doing undergraduate internships I realized how much businesspeople and lawyers disliked each other, and I wanted to be different. I wanted to be the kind of lawyer that business people came to because the first words out of my mouth weren’t “NO.” Businesspeople are all about taking risks. Even more so when it comes to online entrepreneurs.
I’ve clerked at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, worked in a boutique law firm, consulted with large Fortune-500 companies, and have had my own firm. As a purely transactional attorney, I don’t go to court or litigate. I facilitate mediations and negotiations, but I don’t represent clients in matters of litigation.
My expertise is working with small to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs. I was one of very few attorneys back in the mid-90s who fully embraced the web and how it was changing the way businesses worked. As the dot-com boom was in full swing, traditional laws were being stretched by this new forum called the world wide web. Today, the internet is accessible on phones that are smaller than calculators some of us used in college. Clearly, the internet has changed the way we do business. And with those changes, the laws follow. Many times, though, the law has greatly lagged the trajectory of technology.
It’s this intersection of the law, technology, and business where my passion comes to life. My philosophy as a lawyer is to help clients do what they need for success while steering them clear of roadblocks. I believe it’s possible to be ethical and successful.