Time for another edition of lawyers in trouble:
The Jerry Sandusky of Big Law? A former Debevoise & Plimpton associate, who worked at the firm from 1997 to 2000, got a stiff sentence—15 years—for luring a teenage Russian boy into a sexual relationship, reports The National Law Journal.
Kenneth Schneider was one of the original lawyers working in Debevoise’s Moscow office when it opened in 1998, the firm confirms. That summer, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement . . . Schneider told two ballet instructors at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography that he was willing to provide "assistance" to students attending the academy.
The teachers referred him to a 12-year-old boy whose family could no longer afford to pay
his board. Schneider convinced the boy's parents to allow him to live with him in an apartment near the school.
Schneider later founded a nonprofit organization, Apogee Foundation, to support needy artists in the performance arts. In a 2006 interview with a Harvard College publication, "Schneider seemed to describe the relationship with the boy in the case," reports the NLJ. He told the Harvard publication that the foundation had helped "an extremely gifted young student who had been thrown out on the street," and that "we managed to put this kid back in school and to build around him support structures which we've since provided to hundreds of gifted students across Eurasia."
At least he's looking for a consenting adult. An Illinois lawyer looking to hire a legal secretary who wouldn't mind making more than just coffee has been suspended for one year. Reports the ABA Blog:
The Illinois Supreme Court issued the order of suspension for Samir Zia Chowhan, the Legal Profession Blog reports. According to a hearing panel’s report, Chowhan posted an ad in the “adult gigs” section of Craigslist seeking a secretary, and asking applicants to send pictures and measurements.
Here's how Chowhan described the work to an applicant: “In addition to the legal work, you would be required to have sexual interaction with me and my partner, sometimes together, sometimes separate. This part of the job would require sexy dressing and flirtatious interaction . . . You will have to be comfortable doing this with us.”
According to Huffngton Post, Chowhan told the applicant that he decided to add a sexual component to the interview process because past applicants for the job "couldn't handle" the sex part.
Maybe it's not a very professional attitude, but let's give Chowhan credit for being upfront and specific in his job requirement. Besides, don't we all believe in freedom to contract?
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