For the last few months, media outlets covering the legal industry — present company included — have predicted lean, mean summers for this year’s summer associates.
Well, now you summer associates are ensconced in your Biglaw offices. Welcome! (Again.)
We know that most programs are leaner in terms of the number of summer associates. Firms have brought in fewer SAs, presumably knowing they will have fewer full-time spots to fill. And we know firms have cut back on their meal budgets.
But what about the big events — the concerts, the booze cruises, the sneak previews of eagerly anticipated movies? Are they generally intact and as indulgent as in summers past?
We want to run a CONTEST — because we love contests, and because we welcome the opportunity to celebrate old-school Biglaw indulgence. We plan to crown one firm’s summer associate event the best of 2009. (And knowing us, we might have a crown of thorns for the worst event as well.)
Please send submissions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the entry “SA Event Contest.” Please include the firm name / office, date of the event, and a short description. You will be kept anonymous.
We’re also curious about the first week(s) of Great Recession summer associate life. Do you really feel McWined and McDined? Tell us in the comments.