Law Firm Edit War: Blank Rome

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7th, 2010 by bl1y

A deferral is bad.  A rescinded offer is worse.  But what about multiple deferrals or indefinite deferrals?

Last year, Blank Rome announced that its incoming class would be starting in January 2010, deferred from the normal Fall 2009 starting time.

Then, some of the associates were deferred until May 2010.

But, now May’s here, but not all the associates will be.  Blank Rome confirmed that four associates had been deferred for a third time.  This time though, there’s no projected start date.  An indefinite deferral is pretty douchy.  If you’re lucky enough to get an interview somewhere else, they’re going to ask about your previous job and why you aren’t working there now.  You’ll want to say you were deferred, so they don’t think you were no-offered.  But, that will raise doubts in the new firm over whether you’ll jump ship as soon as a start date (and presumably a much bigger paycheck) show up.

I think at this point, the nice thing to do is rescind the offers, give kids a letter stating that the recension was purely economical and not merit based, and then tell them they’ll be first in line as new positions open up.  By giving an indefinite deferral instead of a recension, the firm is hoping the associates-to-be won’t look too hard for other work, keeping them free if the firm needs them later.  And for that, they’re getting their Wikipedia page raided.

List of Wiki Raids:

Bingham McCutchen

Blank Rome

Cadwalader

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost

Fish & Richardson

Latham

Morgan Lewis

Nixon Peabody

Paul, Weiss

Pillsbury

Willkie Farr

Wilmer Hale

Winstead

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Law Firm Edit War: Willkie Farr

Posted in Law Firm Edit War on April 9th, 2010 by bl1y

As reported on AboveTheLaw.com today, Willkie Farr has deferred it’s class from fall 2010 to January 2011.  Deferrals are pretty common these days, but what makes Willkie’s actions stand out is that they assured their newbies as recently as January or February that they would be starting on time.  Now you can find this information on Wikipedia!

This really sucks for people who have already signed leases and made other moving arrangements expecting to have a paycheck coming in this Fall.  Willkie is offered no stipend, but is allowing associates to take a $20,000 salary advance, to be paid back over the first year of work.  $20k might sound like a lot for a big lump payment, but it has to cover associates living in New York City for 6 months.  The associates are going to be stuck with security deposits, broker fees, moving expenses, probably some furniture costs (especially if moving from a furnished dorm), and the price of building a professional wardrobe.

List of Wiki Raids:

Bingham McCutchen

Cadwalader

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost

Fish & Richardson

Latham

Morgan Lewis

Nixon Peabody

Paul, Weiss

Pillsbury

Willkie Farr

Wilmer Hale

Winstead

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Edit War: Winstead and Nixon Peabody

Posted in Law Firm Edit War on January 29th, 2010 by bl1y

Today it was reported by AbovetheLaw.com that two associates in Winsteads already deferred incoming class had their offers revoked a mere two days before they were scheduled to start.  An entirely classless act that most definitely deserves mention on their Wikipedia page.

And, while I was at it, I decided to hit up Nixon Peabody as well, since they did a similar move in December, deferring most of their incoming associates indefinitely and telling them only 20 days before their start date.

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