Earlier in the week, this email went out to all the lawyers in the Restructuring Group at Kirkland & Ellis, from the head of the group:
04/01/2008 10:58 AM
To: #FW Restructuring Attorneys
Subject: Upcoming Dress Code Program
As part of our KIRT [Kirkland Institute of Restructuring Training] programs, I am pleased to announce a “dress for success” program, which will be held on each Monday for one hour for the next four weeks. I have arranged for outside speakers from a number of prominent men’s and women’s fine clothing stores to lead the programs. In light of the number of button down shirts being worn with suits and the number of associates (mostly, male) wearing boring and mismatched ties and shiny suits, the program is highly needed. Attendance for the program is strongly encouraged.
We’ve seen how bankruptcy lawyers dress. This is a wise idea. Just don’t bring in the Cleary Anti-Afro Lady.
Also — was the reference to the sartorial dubiousness of wearing button-down shirts with suits a shout-out to ATL? See here.
More after the jump.
On April 2, the recipients of the original email received this message:
“Folks: Today is April 2. Yesterday was April 1. Figure it out.”
Although K&E lost in the first round of competition for America’s coolest law firm, the lawyers over there are plenty smart. So we’re pretty sure they “[f]igure[d] it out.”
Some of you will no doubt respond by dismissing this as a pretty lame April Fools’ Day joke. If you feel that way, please describe the far superior prank that you played on a colleague, or that a colleague played on you, in the comments. Thanks.
P.S. It’s too bad the new mandatory arbitration policy wasn’t an April Fools’ prank.