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X-Summers: O’Melveny & Mystery Man

X Men small X Summers X Summer Associates Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgOf course we’re not done with our series on the mishaps of summer associate. There’s just too much material. If you have an anecdote to share, please review our submission guidelines, and then email us.
Here’s our latest X-Summer. The good news is that this story is current, from this summer (although we gladly take old stories too). The bad news is that many details are missing — but maybe you can help us out with that.
1. Superhero name: O’Melveny & Mystery Man
2. Special power: Ability to spawn a hundred stories about the true reasons for his departure.
3. Summered: O’Melveny & Myers, summer 2007 (southern California).
4. Claim to fame: According to allegations in circulation:

Ellen DeGeneres Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpg[O]ne of our summers got fired… Apparently, while he was on the Newport retreat, he did something offensive, and no one knows what, exactly. The most likely story is that he said something homophobic to a lesbian partner, but it’s all speculation.

The rumors have gotten out of control, though. Apparently this story has reached New York, and has blossomed into one about two summers: one allegedly groped an associate, and the other supposedly exposed himself to a bunch of attorneys. It’s amazing. Legal gossip is a nationwide network.

Amen to that. Ain’t the internets great?
More discussion, after the jump.


The rest of the account, in pertinent part:

In any case, today, three weeks after he disappeared, our recruiting committee finally addressed the issue. They said something like this: “Guys, we know you’ve heard about what happened. And we know you’re curious. Just know that it was extremely awful, something I have never seen done before by any summer. It was incredibly offensive. But in the interest of privacy, I can’t tell you what it is.” Literally, they called an emergency mandatory meeting in the middle of the day today to tell us exactly this.

From a second source, we received this information (which we believe, based on certain details, to refer to the same individual):

About four weeks into the summer, [this O’Melveny & Myers summer associate] gets piss drunk at a firm retreat and starts becoming “verbally abusive” towards the partners, lawyers, and other associates. It was so bad that they called him into the office the next day (he was too hungover to come to work in the morning) and fired him on the spot. He didn’t even make it to July. I don’t know too many details, though.

5. What happened next: Fired. See supra.
Do you have more details? If so, please email us (subject line: “O’Melveny & Mystery Man”). Thanks.
(The usual rules apply. Please don’t name the OMM Man or speculate about his identity. Thanks.)
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of summer associates (scroll down)

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