It’s not as lavish as holding your law firm retreat at the Ritz in Pasadena, like O’Melveny & Myers. Nor is it as exotic as an all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica, like Boies Schiller.
But still, this is neat. From a Fried Frank source:
Fried Frank announced to its associates on Tuesday that it is sending all associates in their third year and above, plus some partners and special counsel, to New Orleans for its 2008 attorney retreat. I thought this was pretty cool of the firm to do, especially because there’s a mix of fun, workshops that sound useful, and community service to help the residents of New Orleans.
A cynic might say that the last thing a devastated city needs is to be descended upon by a bunch of lawyers (a la Bhopal). But between the tourism dollars they’ll bring in and the volunteer work they’ll perform, the arrival of the Fried Frank folk is clearly a good thing. John Edwards, eat your heart out.
Announcement memo, after the jump.
FRIED, FRANK, HARRIS, SHRIVER & JACOBSON — MEMORANDUM — ATTORNEY RETREAT IN NEW ORLEANS
We are pleased to announce that the Firm will be hosting attorney retreats for associates in the third year class (Class of 2005) and senior from the New York and Washington, DC offices in New Orleans, Louisiana this year! The retreats will focus on leadership, communications skills and styles, and personal career development at Fried Frank. In order to foster an intimate, interactive environment where attorneys can engage fully in the program, there will be four separate sessions with identical programs. A mix of attorneys from different classes, departments, and offices will attend each session. Our regular programming for junior associates will continue.
Associates will be assigned to attend one of the four retreats. Partners and special counsel will also attend each retreat. The dates of the retreats are as follows:
Friday, May 16 – Sunday, May 18
Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15
Sunday, June 15 – Tuesday, June 17
Friday, October 17 – Sunday, October 19
For sessions beginning on Friday, participants will travel Friday morning and return Sunday. For the session beginning on Sunday, participants will travel on Sunday morning and return on Tuesday.
No trip to New Orleans would be complete without an opportunity to engage with the city itself. We’ve planned activities that include a jazz dinner and a walking tour of the French Quarter and Garden District. You will also have an opportunity to participate in the renewal of New Orleans through an optional community service activity with The Phoenix of New Orleans, a non-profit organization that re-builds damaged housing in the mid-city area of New Orleans. Our participation in the rebuilding will have an impact on this neighborhood’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina.