The simple fact of big-firm life is that you will work hard and sometimes have unpredictable hours. That's part of the deal. But life is not all about work.
The Firm encourages and supports associate participation in sports and other social activities.
Regional sections have established partner/associate social committees that organize events such as trivia nights, cocktail parties and community service projects.
Some of our US offices have a lawyers committee, composed of associates at various stages in their careers, that helps to organize happy hours, volunteer activities and other office-wide events. The lawyers committee serves as representatives for their colleagues to make change within the office, express associate concerns to the partnership and promote a fun work environment.
In 2016, the Firm will sponsor the White & Case Football and Volleyball World Cup in Hamburg. Lawyers from around the Firm are invited to participate or simply cheer on their favorite team. Last year's World Cup was held in Prague and was a big success. Offices also participate in softball, basketball, bowling, tennis and other local sporting leagues.
Lawyers in each office take an active role in our recruiting efforts. This includes staffing our hospitality suites during on-campus interviews, interviewing students and representing the Firm on panels, presentations and “meet and greets” at the law schools and in our offices.
Our affinity groups are open to all lawyers and business services personnel, and they provide their members with an opportunity to support and mentor each other. These groups organize social and cultural events throughout the year and participate in our recruiting efforts.
Each office holds Town Hall meetings that include information about Firm finances, professional development initiatives, recruiting outcomes and Firm goals for the upcoming year. Section meetings are also held throughout the year. These meetings serve as a forum to provide updates about the Firm and specific practice areas, and also allow for casual interaction between partners and associates. All meetings include Q&A sessions, and associates have the opportunity to ask questions either directly at the meeting or submit them in advance anonymously.
We know that as your career progresses, you will have many options as you gain valuable experience and broaden your interests. We understand that some of you will eventually choose to go elsewhere—some to clients or in-house positions, or you may decide to pursue non-legal work. Our view is that once you have worked here, you will always be a White & Case lawyer, and we host alumni events so we can keep in touch.