Making the Most of Summer Social Events

by admin 20. June 2013 15:53

Dear Jane,

The firm seems to have more social events during the summer than any other time of the year. Is it really necessary to make an appearance at all of them?

These People Are Not My Friends

 

Dear These People Are Not My Friends,

Many firms have extra social events this time of year because summer associates are at the firm. While it isn’t necessary to go to every one, each event presents opportunities:

- You could meet people at the firm with whom you don’t work;

- You could chat socially with people with whom you do work;

- You could meet and mentor some of the more-junior attorneys;

- You could demonstrate for some of the more-senior attorneys that you support the firm.

Go to each event with a shortlist of goals you’ve set for yourself, and it will ensure you get some return on the investment of time.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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