WHAT KIND OF SOCIAL CULTURE EXISTS AT BROWNLEE?
Our firm is large enough to be diverse amongst its lawyers, staff, clients and practices, but small enough to know everyone who works here. The social life of our firm is based on both formal and informal events:
Every Friday afternoon, the available lawyers in Edmonton gather in the Lawyers’ Lounge for snacks and beverages. Some stay for only a few minutes, and others turn the gathering into an evening. Because our lawyers have demanding personal lives too, this is not the type of event that is mandatory to attend. For that matter, none of the events are mandatory! With that said, the Lounge is often bursting with people simply out of enjoyment of each others’ company. Particularly for students and junior lawyers, Friday Snacks is an easy way to get to know our lawyers from all departments in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Our firm hosts two Christmas parties each year. The first is for staff and lawyers, and often takes place on a winter afternoon at the Selkirk Hotel in Fort Edmonton Park. We gather for lunch and activities afterwards, including hay rides, road hockey and other events. This event is an opportunity to thank our wonderful support staff for their contributions and hard work over the past year. A few weeks later, the lawyers and their spouses or partners from both our Edmonton and Calgary offices gather for our Lawyers’ Christmas Party which is held at the Hotel MacDonald. This is a formal event (in attire only) which brings our families together to celebrate a year of professional and personal accomplishments.
El Hacko Golf Tournament:
Every summer, usually on a Friday in August, the lawyers from our Edmonton and Calgary offices hop onto buses and meet in Red Deer for our annual golf tournament. Whether or not you golf (and many of us do not golf … or do not golf well), it is an event not to be missed.
Year in Review, Trivia Night, United Way Auction and many others:
Throughout the year our firm hosts a multitude of smaller parties and events including Trivia Night, Year in Review (which reviews notable events of the past year and speculates on the year to come), pizza and green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, and the firm’s United Way Auction held in October of each year. We are also fierce competitors in Edmonton’s Corporate Challenge held each year in June amongst local businesses.
In addition to these organized events, the reality is that many of our lawyers have found friends amongst their colleagues. As a result, many of our lawyers choose to spend time and even travel with other lawyers and their families on evenings, weekends and holidays. While the lawyers at Brownlee are diverse in their backgrounds, experiences and practices, the reality is that we’re commonly united in our firm’s philosophy and goals.