The field of contenders in our fourth annual law firm holiday card contest was quite impressive. We received numerous nominations, and we thank everyone who participated. It took many hours to review the plethora of submissions.
Like last year, apparently reading comprehension isn’t a skill that many lawyers possess, as a few of you declined to follow rule #3 of our contest, limiting the entries to “cards that are unusually clever, funny, or cool…. cards with some attitude, with that extra je ne sais quoi.” But because it’s the holiday season, we won’t rag on you too much. Even if you can’t follow simple instructions, you’re still great.
But some of you were greater than others. Let’s look at this year’s finalists….
This year, because we had so many cards to review, we construed our submission rules very strictly. We did not consider cards from non-law-firms. We did not consider cards that were not formally submitted to us by email, with the correct subject heading. If we encountered technical problems when trying to view a card, we did not go to great lengths to try and fix them. And we did not consider any submissions made after our deadline. You’re lawyers, so you understand the importance of filing your submissions properly and promptly.
Last year we had eleven finalists. This year, even though we had a high number of quality submissions, we’ve pared the number of finalists down to eight — because there’s only so much holiday cheer we can stand.
Here they are, in alphabetical order, accompanied by short blurbs. Please note that most of these cards have SOUND, so you might want to turn your speakers off or down, or use headphones (depending on where you are; we decided to run this post after normal business hours so that more of you will be able to enjoy the music, either because you’re at home or because most of your colleagues have left the office already).
1. Akin Gump: As last year’s second-place finisher, this is Akin’s fourth consecutive year as a finalist in our card contest. This year’s card, in the words of the Akin nominator, “plays on the idea that everyone has big hopes and dreams for the holiday season, but we are always faced with the realities of the season and keeping a positive outlook and sense of humor is key.” We’ll note that last year’s card from Akin was much cuter than this year’s offering. View their 2012 holiday card here.
2. Crowell & Moring: This is the second consecutive year in which Crowell has made the final round of our card contest. In a true celebration of “the most wonderful time of the year,” Crowell’s card shares some of their favorite ways to celebrate during the holiday season (with a nod to their “ugly sweater” themed card from last year). Kudos to the lawyer who was willing to provide a recipe for homemade eggnog. We might try it out at this weekend and let you know if it’s any good. Check out the firm’s latest holiday card here.
3. Fenwick & West: Like Crowell & Moring, this is Fenwick’s second consecutive year as a finalist in our card contest. From the firm: “As with every year, we try to have a little fun and hope the card reflects the firm’s tech focus and slightly geeky vibe.” The card was obviously created by a very talented graphic illustrator, and it even allows us to see what really lies in the heart of a Fenwick attorney. Take a look at their card here.
4. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips: Manatt placed fourth in last year’s card contest, and the firm is back this year with yet another entertaining offering. A tipster notes that this card is “a variation of that holiday song with the name I can’t think of.” It’s actually called “Carol of the Bells,” but we like Manatt’s law-related spin on the holiday classic much better. If you don’t mind getting that song stuck in your head, you can enjoy the firm’s card here.
Keep reading for the remaining finalists, and the chance to vote….