April 23, 2012 12:10 PM

The Careerist: Latham Watkins’s Women Go Back to the Kitchen

Posted by Vivia Chen

I warned you that my reportage of happy news about women last week was an anomaly. Today, I’m back to my usual self—offering you news about women that’s curious, annoying, and downright depressing.

1. “It’s wrong on so many levels.” That’s what one female lawyer at Latham Watkins says about the firm’s upcoming event for female lawyers in London. (Funny, it seems just like yesterday that I questioned whether women’s initiatives are useless time-suckers.)

What’s the offending event at Latham’s U.K. office? A master class on “creative canapé making,” reports The Lawyer.

Cooking classes at a law firm sound like jolly good fun, except that this one seems aimed only at female lawyers and is sponsored by the firm’s women’s initiatives group. As The Lawyer notes, Latham’s own Web site touts that its “women enriching business” group was “designed to promote women in business, by creating broader networks and productive business relationships, and by attracting and investing in the long-term success of women.â€�

Hmm, could there be a hidden logic between making canapés and business? Is Latham delivering a clever retro-progressive message—like the way to your client’s heart is through his stomach?

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