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End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:09 am

Does anyone have an ideas or suggestions for an appropriate end of summer gift for the hiring partner and summer coordinators? I work at a big law firm in NYC. This gift would come from a group of summer associates.

Thanks!

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:09 pm

This doesn't really seem appropriate unless all offers are out. Otherwise, you are effectively in an extended interview and it is of questionable propriety to give a gift to your interviewer.

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby wiseowl » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:48 pm

Give a gift to your secretary. That's it.

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby Ludo! » Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:15 pm

I've been thinking about getting something for my associate mentor. He's been unbelievably helpful this summer. I don't know how much input he has on hiring, he's not on the hiring committee or anything. Thoughts?

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby Sup Kid » Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:44 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Does anyone have an ideas or suggestions for an appropriate end of summer gift for the hiring partner and summer coordinators? I work at a big law firm in NYC. This gift would come from a group of summer associates.
wiseowl wrote:Give a gift to your secretary. That's it.
Ludovico Technique wrote:I've been thinking about getting something for my associate mentor. He's been unbelievably helpful this summer. I don't know how much input he has on hiring, he's not on the hiring committee or anything. Thoughts?

Secretary/Legal Assistant -- acceptable
Mentor -- acceptable
Summer Coordinators -- probably ok, if they're staff members who organize events/assignments (i.e., not attorneys) and if it's from the entire summer class together
Hiring Partner -- not a good idea

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby BearLaw » Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:48 pm

Never gift up, its tacky.

Gifts for secretaries and anyone who is not a lawyer would be fine in this case, especially if its an assistant/para'-legal that did leg work/research for you.

Mentor is ok as long as its small.

Any other associate or partner is out, they can buy themselves things.

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby rayiner » Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:55 pm

Where do people get this stuff? The firm is your employer. You don't get your employer gifts for giving you the opportunity to work.

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby BruceWayne » Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:00 pm

rayiner wrote:Where do people get this stuff? The firm is your employer. You don't get your employer gifts for giving you the opportunity to work.


LOL I think in normal times people would intuitively think this. But the economy is so bad that people feel like getting the opportunity to work a job is a gift!

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby itbdvorm » Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:07 pm

BruceWayne wrote:
rayiner wrote:Where do people get this stuff? The firm is your employer. You don't get your employer gifts for giving you the opportunity to work.


LOL I think in normal times people would intuitively think this. But the economy is so bad that people feel like getting the opportunity to work a job is a gift!


FWIW, I got a small gift from a few summers a few years back who I'd mentored a bunch. Wasn't anything big/expensive (basically an inside joke) but it was appreciated, albeit totally unnecessary.

I'd definitely get your secretary something though. Flowers, etc.

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby Ludo! » Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:14 pm

I love my secretary and I try to talk to her daily but I don't actually use her for anything. She's busy enough with real work so Ive only bothered her to help me on a couple of occasions. Still get her something?

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby bjsesq » Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:18 pm

rayiner wrote:Where do people get this stuff? The firm is your employer. You don't get your employer gifts for giving you the opportunity to work.


These associates at my firm actually discussed a kid who got no-offerred because he was such a kiss-ass and did this gift buying shit. If you made them money, that is gift enough. Leave it alone.

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby ajaxconstructions » Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:02 pm

bjsesq wrote:
rayiner wrote:Where do people get this stuff? The firm is your employer. You don't get your employer gifts for giving you the opportunity to work.


These associates at my firm actually discussed a kid who got no-offerred because he was such a kiss-ass and did this gift buying shit. If you made them money, that is gift enough. Leave it alone.


That's a pretty harsh response. But I guess kiss-asses are pretty insufferable.

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Re: End of Summer Gifts from Summer Associates

Postby bjsesq » Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:03 pm

ajaxconstructions wrote:
bjsesq wrote:
rayiner wrote:Where do people get this stuff? The firm is your employer. You don't get your employer gifts for giving you the opportunity to work.


These associates at my firm actually discussed a kid who got no-offerred because he was such a kiss-ass and did this gift buying shit. If you made them money, that is gift enough. Leave it alone.


That's a pretty harsh response. But I guess kiss-asses are pretty insufferable.


Didn't mean for it to come off that way. I may be constipated.




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