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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Can Mad Men Bring Sexy Back to Contracts?

Martini I am late to the hit AMC series Mad Menjust last week, I started watching the first season on DVD.  I am enjoying the show, and tolerating the unrelenting misogyny as a representation of the period.  That aside, the show definitely has an alluring and sexy aesthetic ā€“ partly attributable to the constant smoking and cocktail drinking in well-tailored suits.

Iā€™d love to bring some of this allure into the contracts classroom ā€“ without the sex, sexism, smoking and drinking.  And, I just might be able to.  I have it on reliable information that there is an employment contract issue that arises as a sub-plot late in Season 2 and has carried over to Season 3 of the show.  Apparently the story line involves Don Draper refusing to sign an employment contract because it contains a non-compete clause.  When I heard this, I went from liking the show to loving it.

But, this is as informative as my post can be ā€“ because I have not yet reached these episodes of the show.  That is why I am asking those of you who read this blog and watch Mad Men to explain in the comments the non-compete sub-plot and name the episodes in which it receives treatment.  We will address non-competes in my class in a few weeks, and I am thinking I just might be able to bring sexy back to Contracts.

[Meredith R. Miller]

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First, if you like MM there is a good chance you will like this blog

On the contracts, in season two a double dealer in the firm convinced a British firm to acquire Don's firm with the hope that the ddealer would be the new president. Don was the big fish in the acquisition and no one realized that he was not under contract. To keep Don they had to get rid of the snake (who has reappeared in season 3). Alas, Don has now met his match in Conrad Hilton and things have changed with respect to his employment status.

Posted by: Jeff | Oct 11, 2009 2:31:00 PM

Jeff -
Thanks for the info. I heard that Draper refused to sign a non-compete. I'll have to wait and see....

Posted by: Meredith R. Miller | Oct 14, 2009 10:09:11 AM

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