Summer associates have landed at offices across the nation. They’re working harder this year, even if some of the work is fake, and they’re eating out less often. But the Biglaw recruits are still having fun — sometimes too much fun.
Cadwalader may have already established itself as a front runner in the competition. Last week, the firm took its summers to see a Mets game. Afterwards, some of the attorneys and summers went from Shea to shady. [FN1] From a knowledgeable source:
After the game, some of the male associates took some of the male summers out for some “after-event” bonding. The problem with this bonding is that it was a trip to the strip club. I’m not sure if the firm knew about the afterparty event or if it was sanctioned by or expensed to the firm, but this certainly seems to send a message of exclusion to women; or at least — even if any female summers attended (which none did) — that the firm not only tolerated but supported the objectification / degradation of women that occurs at these venues.
The firm was aware of the outing, but it doesn’t support these Cadwalader cads. The official response, after the jump.
We reached out to Cadwalader. A spokesperson confirmed that the firm neither approved nor bankrolled the outing for the American male’s other favorite pastime:
As it does each year as part of its summer program, Cadwalader invited its lawyers and summer associates to attend a baseball game. On Wednesday, June 24, 2009, approximately 14 Cadwalader lawyers and 25 summer associates attended the Mets/Cardinals game. After the Firm-sponsored baseball game ended, approximately 5 Cadwalader lawyers and 7 summer associates went to a strip club. Cadwalader did not approve of, condone or pay for attendance at the strip club.
The Mets killed the Cardinals 11-0. After that snoozer, can you blame the boys for needing some truly stimulating entertainment?
[FN1] Shea is now known as “Citi Field,” but it will always be Shea to us, especially when we need to use that name for an alliterative joke.