Every quarter, Lawliners take some time away from our day-to-day tasks and meetings to get to know each other better on a personal level, challenge ourselves, and have some fun. All of this was accomplished at our July 7th Scavenger Hunt, but an unexpected bonus was also learning a tremendous amount about the history of Greenwich Village.
The 4 teams were announced the day before the hunt, so the friendly trash talking and strategy building began early, at our weekly Thursday lunch. The drama continued into the morning of the event when it was raining and the skies miraculously cleared up before we left the office. Again, the competition began early when teams took different subway lines to see who could get to Washington Square Park first. Once all Lawliners arrived, the four teams logged into the website strayboots.com, and used their unique activation codes to simultaneously start separate hunts.
We all raced through the village despite the high temperatures, often running while reading the clues. In my group, Team 1, James Terrono and I were fortunate enough to be led by Captain Mike Shafland, who grew up in Greenwich Village, and our fourth team member Beth Bersson, who attended NYU. My main contribution to the team was making sure no one was hit by a car as we never wanted to waste a moment, including waiting for the traffic lights to change.
One of the historical sites that was on our route was the Stonewall NationalMonument, also known as Christopher Park, which on June 24, 2016, President Barack Obama officially designated the Stonewall National Monument, making it the United States’ first National Monument designated for an LGBT historic site. We also visited 29 Washington Square West where Eleanor Roosevelt lived after FDR’s death as well Father Demo Square which has the statue of Peter Cooper and the Village Voice office. The only timewe stopped was due to the fact that we couldn’t move because we were laughing so hard on the historic street, the Washington Mews, after I saw a group of 4 people hovering around a phone looking confused. I thought they too were participating in the scavenger hunt, and when I asked if they were also looking for the yellow crouching figures (as per the clue), they looked freaked out. We then realized that they were likely visiting NYU students here for orientation, and already wary of strangers; especially those asking about strange sitings.
When we completed our final clue at the NYU library, Team 1 was sweaty and exhausted, but exhilarated knowing that we finished the hunt faster than any other team. We also were rewarded when we went to the bar, Down the Hatch, where each team was meant to meet up after the hunt, which had air conditioning, lots of water, and cold beer. This event truly embodied Lawline’s core values of Act and Play, and was especially nice because it gave us a chance to really get to know our newest team members who were hired that quarter: Dan O’Rourke, John Tan, Steven Berberabe, Beth Bersson, and Victoria Karatza.
We are very happy to share that almost a full month ago, we hired Dan O’Rourke IV to join our Production team! Here are Dan’s thoughts on starting at Lawline:
1) How was the interview process for you?
This interview process for me was the most extensive one I’ve ever been through. I was in the unique position of working on a temp basis in the Accreditation department while interviewing for a full time position in the Studio, which added an interesting dynamic to the interviews. I was definitely more comfortable with the team, but I was also feeling more pressure. Ultimately (more…)
One of the greatest aspects of working at Lawline is the strong and infectious culture within the organization. Unified around 5 core tenets – Care, Create, Act, Play, and Grow – Lawliners are a passionate group of like-minded individuals, striving to better themselves and their community.
A couple of weeks ago, a group of Lawline employees brought that passion and desire for friendly competition to the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in NYC, a 3.5 mile running event designed to promote health and fitness in the workplace and foster goodwill and a sense of community. (more…)
Lawline had the pleasure of recently hiring John Tan to join our Marketing department. He was more than happy to let me put a spotlight on him when I asked. Here is John’s experience on starting at Lawline:
1) How was the interview process for you?
Fairly straightforward. Saw the job posting on LinkedIn and read up on Lawline as I was unfamiliar with them at the time. Liked what I read as far as the company work culture and mission statement goes, and decided to throw my hat into the ring. A couple of days later our fantastic Business Ops assistant, Kathleen Boyle, reached out and organized a couple of phone interviews and thankfully my on-site interviews. They couldn’t have been more accommodating with my schedule! In fact, I wasn’t aware of the work from home Wednesday policy at the time, and when that was the only day I was able to come in, they were more than happy to acquiesce. (more…)
According to a recent poll, only 41% of Americans look forward to going to work on a daily basis. However, for any one of the seventy companies nominated for Best Company to Work for in New York in 2017, the figure is just a wee bit higher – 91%, a whopping 50% above the national percentile.
Such numbers lend greater weight to the claim that merely being nominated for the award – regardless of one’s ranking – is an immense honor, an honor bestowed for the fourth time on Lawline, the company where I’m privileged to work. My colleague Kathleen and I traveled to Albany to attend the ceremony, not merely to represent the team, but also with the knowledge that sharing the stage with other movers and shakers would inevitably provide fertile ground for ideas on how to make our company culture even stronger. (more…)
Instead of throwing a big party to celebrate its 10 year anniversary, Lawline decided to commemorate this milestone by donating $10,000 to organizations that reflect its core values of CARE, PLAY, GROW, ACT and CREATE. In December 2016, I shared in our culture blog that the first $6,000 was distributed to the following entities: 1) a nonprofit that offers grants to young local artists to help support strong, vibrant, and equitable local communities (The Performance Project); 2) an organization thatsprung into action immediately following Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (Hope for Haiti); and 3) an organization that assists physicians in sharing new MDS research and treatment options as well as provides educational support for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and patients (Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation). We then asked our customers, employees and partners for suggestions of where to donate the remaining $4,000, and we received great submissions. (more…)
Have you ever heard of people experiencing a case of the Mondays? It’s that feeling you get when you don’t want to get out of bed and go to work, or do anything for that matter. Even though working at an amazing company like Lawline helps cure a case of the Mondays, there are those days where getting up to your alarm and getting to work feels like the hardest task. However, this week, Lawline had a culture event that made Monday a day that I was looking forward to.
The Lawline employees got to participate in sound meditation, something none of us were familiar with or had been exposed to before. We got to use our in-office studio for something other than producing award winning CLE content (shameless plug), and it was definitely an experience to remember. We dimmed the lights and laid out on yoga mats, unsure about what to expect. Our instructor explained the different aspects of listening to sounds, and how they impact our mood and behavior. He then had us lie down with our eyes closed, focusing on the sounds of different bowls and gongs while getting to inhale calming aromas meant to relieve stress.
At the end of each half hour session, all of the Lawline employees felt truly at ease. The instructor explained how utilizing sound for stress relief is something that we can do every day if we put in the effort. If we hear a car honking, instead of allowing it to anger us, we can channel that energy to make us feel empowered and ready to take on the day. Participating in the sound meditation was a great opportunity, and it certainly helped relieve the stresses that come with going into work on a Monday. I would suggest that anyone try it at least once!
This event was brought to us by a company called Sound Meditation Collective, and our excellent facilitator’s name was Josh. We can’t recommend him highly enough!
Last week it was Lawline’s! (insert rimshot)
On the day of Spring Equinox while NYC was still covered in snow, John Timothy of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade arrived to conduct an Improv Comedy Workshop. While I had organized this event, I had never done improv and was afraid of looking foolish in front of my colleagues. Luckily, John informed everyone that we would not look or sound cool. That was quite a relief to hear. He started us out with warm-up exercises which were actually physical exercises in some fashion. We were using our arms, forming letters by body contortion, and running to find new partners constantly. (more…)
I think we can all universally agree that knowledge is one of the most valuable resources available to us in life. There would be no growth without the acquisition of knowledge, and this applies to the personal sphere, as well as the professional one. Here at Lawline, one of our five core values is Grow, and it isn’t something we keep in the back of our minds and force ourselves to practice periodically; it’s something we noticed our employees doing every day, and knew was one of our inherent values as a company. (more…)
Last week’s blizzard brought its share of commuter horror stories from those Lawline employees who managed the trek to the office. One thing it didn’t bring, though, was any kind of dent in the productivity of our business. Marketing e-mails went out on time, developers continued to perform improvements to our website, and, with the help of a faculty member who braved the storm, a live webcast from our studio went off without a hitch.
Finely-tuned strategy and a flexible work-from-home policy played a role in our success, but more than anything else, I give perks to our company culture and the core values that give it shape. We’ve strongly ingrained such concepts as “Act” and “Care” in our thinking, creating not just professional but also personal investment in the well-being of our enterprise. (more…)