FIRM RETREAT LAYOFFS RIDDLE
The managing partner of a large AmLaw firm calls a meeting early the first Monday morning of a weeklong firm retreat.
He informs the crowd of lawyers that due to the current economy, layoffs must take place. He states definitively that at least one lawyer will be laid off.
The HR department has prepared a bright red “Hello My Name is: FIRED” stamp to be used on all the attorneys that will be laid off.
To encourage bonding among the new unnecessarily large summer associate class (all with offers in hand) they were charged with stamping each laid off associate on the back of their neck with the red “Hello My Name is: FIRED” stamp. Alternatively, non-laid off attorneys were stamped with a green stamp that stated “SAFE.”
Since the layoffs were a touchy subject no lawyer discusses them or anything related to them when talking to the other lawyers during the retreat.
However, each lawyer has an opportunity to observe the back of each other lawyers’ neck every day during retreat events. Every lawyer that is a member of the firm is at the retreat and each lawyer attends all scheduled retreat events.
Further, no lawyer ever leaves the retreat grounds, and the retreat hotel is a new construction, so unfortunately mirrors have not yet been installed. In fact, there is positively no way any lawyer can view their own back (including the back of their neck).
Since these lawyers were once top law school performers and had achieved high LSAT scores they are all perfect reasoners and make all deductions possible at the first point in time at which such deductions are able to be made.
Finally, as soon as any lawyer can deduce that they were included in the layoffs that lawyer retires to the retreat hospitality suite and immediately signs a severance agreement with HR and leaves the retreat never to return (possibly to start their own blog(s)).
The retreat week plays out in the following way:
During Monday’s retreat meetings: All firm lawyers are present.
During Tuesday’s retreat meetings: All firm lawyers are present.
During Wednesday’s retreat meetings: All firm lawyers are present.
During Thursday’s retreat meetings: All firm lawyers are present.
During Friday’s retreat meetings: All firm lawyers are present.
During Saturday’s retreat meetings: The laid off Lawyers determined who they were and all of them were missing from the firm meetings.
How many laid off attorneys were there?
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