Vancouver office here with our first blog of the summer (sorry it’s a bit late in the game, it is hard to get in time to blog when we are too busy staring at the beautiful view of the ocean and the mountains out our windows).
At Vancouver, we have been lucky to have had a variety of social activities to brighten up our summer. Aside from the welcome lunches, dinners and drinks (if you include Orientation week in Toronto, we’ve been to at least 9) the firm has had several fun socials which students have been welcome to attend.
Firstly, we have “Tea” on every second Friday at 4pm. “Tea” means the firm supplies beer and wine (and sometimes other summery drinks like hey’alls), plus a variety of delicious snacks, and we enjoy them in the boardroom looking at our beautiful view. (have we mentioned the view???)
The best part about Tea is that the students get to ostensibly host, meaning we go out and buy the snacks and do the email invite to the firm. The Toronto office may be sponsored by coffee, but here in Vancouver, we are sponsored by SNACKS. Not only are we very invested in getting just the right tea snacks every week, we take at least one group snack break every day where the three of us skip along to the servery to raid the lawyers snacks in the cupboard (we’ve eaten countless bags of m&m trail mix at this point).
Every year, the students come up with a theme for the invitations, like writing a haiku every week, or sending out a cheesy beach picnic photo every time. Our ‘theme’ has been to photoshop associates and partners into images that are vaguely related to tea. We kicked it off by testing out that famed Cassels collegiality by photoshopping a partners face onto every character at the Mad Hatters tea party, Disney cartoon version (thank goodness no one here takes themselves too seriously, because we have only gotten worse from there) . We’d love to reproduce some of the invites here, but that’s something you will just have to get hired to see.
Summer Student and Associate Fun Night:
The brilliant Vancouver associates convinced “Uncle Cassels” to sponsor a summer students and associate fun night. After voting by all invited, a date and activity was picked – Go-Karting at the outdoor race track in Richmond! Everyone showed up day of to find a Cassels team t-shirt waiting for them at their desk (mine had a Pac-Man ghost). A party bus arrived to take the team to the race track in style. The racing competition was fierce, with at least one litigation associate getting kicked off the course within the first few races. Don’t worry, litigation skills were put to good work and they talked their way back on to the course in no time!
Everyone getting psyched for the races!
After the race, everyone headed to Torafuku, where Uncle Cassels treated us to an amazing dinner of fusion asian food (and few rounds of sake). The night rounded out fairly late for some of us with drinks and games at the American, where we proved that not only does Cassels have the best lawyers in town, we also excel at throwing a foam football and other types of projectiles into arcade games.
Dinner at Torafuku
Firm Summer BBQ Party
At the end of July, the Vancouver office had our summer BBQ party at a Canadians baseball game! We all loaded up onto a classic yellow school bus like a bunch of schoolkids and headed down to the ball game. There, we got to enjoy our own full section of picnic tables, complete with all you can eat hot dogs, burgers and food, and drinks courtesy of Cassels. I have to confess that I was more interested in the eating, drinking and chatting than the game, so I cannot tell you much other than it seemed like our team was losing pretty badly. We also had the added excitement of at least three baseballs coming whizzing into our section at killer speed! Luckily, no one got hit on the head, and I think a few of us went home with a baseball souvenir.