• Tiger Mom is vindicated
I know you've been on the edge of your chair wondering where Sophia Rubenfeld is going to college. The acceptance letters came out last week, and the suspense is over. The progeny of Yale Law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld is going to--drum roll, please--Harvard!
Was there ever any doubt? Chua, of course, is the author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (see Supermom, Chinese-Style), which advocates extreme parenting as the way to ensure a child's success. The tenacious David Lat of Above the Law broke the happy news. As Lat succinctly puts it: "You can criticize all you want, but you can’t argue with success."
• Big-firm alum fights for the boys
Do you secretly feel the male sex has been getting the short end of the stick? Are you tired of the feminist agenda and all that politically correct stuff? Well, there's a lawyer who feels your pain and will fight for your rights. Last week The Colbert Report featured New York lawyer Roy Den Hollander as one of its "difference makers"--someone who fights for justice against overwhelming odds. Check it out. It's hilarious.
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On Colbert, Hollander ranted about the oppression of men and how society gives unfair advantages to women. One manifestation of this grave injustice, according to Hollander, is the way women get free rides--or free drinks. So he sued a bunch of clubs in New York for hosting "ladies night." (The show noted that he took the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he was basically told to "get lost," in Hollander's own words.)
You have to give Hollander credit for standing up for his quaint beliefs--not to mention having the chutzpah to dance hip-hop before a national audience. ("When I go to my hip-hop club, my heart is not full of malice," he explained on the segment.)
But before you diss Hollander as a wack job, take note: He was once an associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore--the Harvard of law firms! His Web site says he worked there from 1986 to 1989. (We've asked Cravath to confirm about Hollander, and will update when we hear back from the firm.)
Is this what happens when you work too hard at Big Law? Are there other stories like Hollander's among big-firm alums? If you know any (or remember Hollander from Cravath), won't you please share?
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