Summer 2012 Fun-At-a-Glance
Number of competitive cooking outings
Number of summer associates for whom "Whirlyball" was their favorite event
Number of summer associates for whom bowling was their favorite event
Number of firm executive committee members for whom bowling was their favorite event
Number of lunches summer associates had with attorneys
Time (in the a.m.) that the latest summer associate social event ended
Summer associates meet many Schiff Hardin attorneys and staff during their ten weeks at the firm. They're assigned an associate adviser and a partner resource, both of whom can be called on to answer questions or provide advice. Associate advisers act as friends and professional advisers, conveying feedback on summer associate work and helping summer associates learn their way around the firm.
Every week of the summer program starts with a Monday Morning Meeting with the Summer Associate Committee. Each meeting focuses on a different topic. Summer associates meet with management committee members who discuss the firm's strategic plan, the firm as a business, and the most effective ways to develop strong client relationships. They meet a panel of partners and associates who talk about "Secrets of Being a Great Associate," and another panel of partners and associates who describe some of the firm's pro bono matters.
Schiff Hardin also appoints an associate to plan the summer associate social activities. They range from impromptu get-togethers to organized events like the following:
- In Chicago: Second City, WhirlyBall, bowling, and Cubs and White Sox games.
- In New York: Shakespeare in the Park, bowling, wine tasting, a cooking class at Miette Culinary Studio, and a Broadway show.
- In San Francisco: cocktails at Bubble Lounge, San Francisco Bay ferry ride, Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament, a Giants game, and tea tasting at Imperial Tea Court.
An annual highlight: "Iron Schiff," an Iron Chef-inspired cooking competition in which teams of partners, associates, and summer associates work together to prepare a three-course dinner. Everyone then samples the "gourmet" creations. This year's favorite recipe: summer associate Matt Chimienti's strawberry shortcake cream puffs.