Question of the Week

Law Firm Perks You Have—Or Wish You Had?


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Because of a back injury that made it uncomfortable for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom litigator Rita Gordon to work at her desk or on the subway, she used the firm’s car service at times other than the appointed late-night hours when she would leave the office to work at home. And Skadden subsequently fired her, saying she abused the car-service perk and overbilled clients tens of thousands of dollars in a five-year period (although Gordon thinks this reason is a pretext and has filed suit).

That got us wondering what other law firm perks readers feel are abused or underappreciated. And what perks are being offered to you—or what perks you offer, as the case may be. Or what perks you dearly wish could be offered by your firm, be it big or small.

Answer in the comments below.

Read last week’s question and answers about spelling and grammar pet peeves. We certainly hit a nerve with that question.

Our favorite answers from last week:

Posted by QJC: When writing informally—such as blawg entries or emails or even PostIt notes—there’s no reason not to capitalize the first word in each sentence. Sure, go ahead and shorten how you want to say something, but for the love of Pete, if you’re going to use a period, take the time to hold down that “shift” key once in a while, too. And since when did it become too burdensome to capitalize the lone letter “i”? I learned that it should always, always, always be capitalized, but maybe the rules have changed on me.

Ahh, venting feels good.

Posted by jackcatscal: Just saw a good one—a lawyer advertising herself as having a Jurist Doctorate.

Posted by Ashley: Oh, one more - thru.

Seeing that in an actual appellate brief threw me over the edge. We’re not at Wendy’s!

Posted by Peter Pan: What a load of anally retentive pen-pushers. Words (and punctuation) are all about communication and rarely do any of these nitpicks mentioned above interfere with communication. Poor style, yes, but who gives a damn.

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