From above the law
, this email was recently sent to all associates at Quinn Emanuel. Back when I was at NYU we had something called early interview week, where you spent one week going on endless 20 minute interviews with law firms. My interview w/ Quinn was BY FAR the strangest, most awkward 20 minutes of all the interviews. The two interviewers sat conversing with one another. I thought maybe it was a "test" and so when it was appropriate I tried to ease into the convo, but it soon became clear that they had no interest in talking to me, and used the 20 minutes to discuss farm animals and other random topics. Needless to say it was one of the few firms where I did not get a callback.
When, a couple of years later, I was looking to switch firms, recruiters always tried to sell me on Quinn as it being a "cool" firm, where you could wear jeans. You were expected to work hard, but they "cared." Yeah, lol.
From: A William Urquhart.
Time: 10:21 am.
Re: CHECK YOU [sic] EMAILS OFTEN
Now more than ever there are many talented lawyers and law firms competing for our business. Doing really good legal work is not enough. Clients expect that and well they should given what we charge for our services You must all realize that we are in a service business. In this day and age of faxes, emails, internet, etc. clients expect you to be accessible 24\7. Of course, that is something of an exaggeration—but not much.
LESSON NUMBER ONE: You should check your emails early and often. That not only means when you are in the office, it also means after you leave the office as well. Unless you have very good reason not to (for example when you are asleep, in court or in a tunnel), you should be checking your emails every hour. One of the last things you should do before you retire for the night is to check your email. That is why we give you blackberries. I can assure you that all of our clients expect you to be checking your emails often. I am not asking you to do something we do not do ourselves. I can assure you that John Quinn, Peter Calamari, Mike Carlinsky, Faith Gay, Fred Lorig, etc. all check their emails often.
Yesterday I was working with a relatively new associate on a project which both he and I knew was a rush. It was for a relatively new client whom we were trying to impress. The associate did a nice job under pressure. Before I left the office at about 7:30 I sent an email to this associate asking him to perform a task—fax a draft letter for review and comment. I assumed the task was done. Turns out the associate left the office and did not check his emails until this morning. I assumed the task had been completed. It had not been. In this case it was no harm no foul, but I think we can all imagine scenarios when this could be a disaster.