Realizing just how little I knew about what I was supposed to be doing.
Being treated like I had worked here my whole life.
Took Crowell startled me half to death by yelling out, 'WHO ARE YOU?' as he flipped off my office lights. I found out later that this is how he introduced himself to new hires. It was his way of saying that we should never forget to look up from our work and connect with each other.
On my first day at Crowell & Moring, I got on the elevator with a very senior partner who took one look at me clutching my note pad, grinned, and said, 'Welcome to the firm.'
I was swept away by the tradition of the Friday partners' lunch, accompanied by wine and good cheer and chewing over the week's big legal happenings.
A senior partner asked me to go with him on a pitch to a Fortune 500 company for a large part of its litigation docket that is sole sourced. How many firms would do that?
Was taken to lunch by half of the office.
I was introduced to every (every) attorney in the Antitrust Group (30 people at the time). I couldn't remember everyone's name, but I quickly felt at home.