Bar Exams, Email Scandals, Emily Pataki, Politics, White & Case

Political Kids and the Bar Exam: What Gives?

bar exam Emily Pataki New York bar exam Above the Law Legal Blog.JPGThe late JFK Jr. failed the New York State bar exam twice, before passing it on the third try. And now Emily Pataki, the highly attractive daughter of outgoing New York governor George Pataki, is halfway towards matching that feat.
Here’s the email message that Emily, an associate a supervised legal intern at White & Case in New York, sent to her colleagues yesterday morning, shortly after bar exam results were released:

From: Emily R. Pataki
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 10:05 AM
To: NY All

There are many things I have been blessed and graced with in this life.

I am blessed to work at a brilliant place like White and Case. Although failing the Bar Exam is not something I would wish on my worst enemy, it is something I have to accept at this point in time.

I do not know all of you personally, and I may not ever get to know you all, but for those of you I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know, I hope you know I did my very best, and have come to a crossroads where my best just was not good enough, the first time around.

I’ll try and keep my chin up and will work even harder to earn the respect of you all, please know already that you have mine.

Emily Pataki

Hmm… Emily, a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School, has impeccable academic credentials. She has obviously aced many a test in her life. So in the weeks leading up to the bar exam, was she spending too much time partying, and not enough time at BarBri?
But look, it’s a lovely and gracious e-mail. We commend Emily for her damage control skills. It’s a wise move to get in front of a story like this one, to manage the bad news (which would have gotten out sooner or later).
We’d also tell Emily not to be too hard on herself. In not passing the bar exam the first time around, she could very well be in good company.
P.S. While we have your attention, Emily: Please convince your dad not to pursue a doomed bid for the presidency. Thank you.
P.P.S. As is always the case here at ATL, please note that our merely linking to something does not constitute an endorsement or acceptance of the content we’ve linked to. The internets contain all kinds of crazy rumors.
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