Last week, we brought you the story of a former Mayer Brown associate who is suing the firm. We have some more back story on the plaintiff, Venus Yvette Springs, and she certainly sounds like a colorful person.
Before joining Mayer Brown, Springs worked at Cadwalader. According to our tipsters, she left CWT in an interesting fashion:
In her departure email from Cadwalader, she quoted all sorts of religious passages and talked about how she wanted to devote her life to pro bono.
Shortly thereafter, she wound up at Mayer Brown — one of the largest and most profitable law firms on the planet.
In her complaint against Mayer Brown, Springs alleged that the firm did not count her pro bono hours as it had promised. Of course, working in the real estate department at a major firm hardly sounds like a life “devoted to pro bono.” She wants to work with clients who can’t pay, but wants to make sure she gets a plump pay check anyway.
But maybe she needed to support her family. Unconfirmed reports say that her husband is Jules Springs. Jules Springs recently pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud. No word on whether or not Mr. Springs was an equal opportunity defrauder.
After the jump, Venus Springs compares her plight at Mayer Brown to the Holocaust. I wish I were making that up.
We don’t have our hands on the departure memo from Cadwalader, but tipsters report that Springs’s Mayer Brown departure memo was a great one:
I wish you all inner peace, a satisfying career and a clear conscience.
Parting thought found at Isaiah 33:1.
When I get fired, I like to quote Ezekiel 25:17. I don’t really know what it means, I just think it’s a cold ass thing to say before I bust out of a place of business.
But Springs doesn’t stop with the Bible. Her departure memo continues:
Favorite Quotes: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good
men to do nothing”–Philosopher Edmund Burke
“They came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I
wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up
because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I
wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no
one left to speak up.” — Martin Niemoller
Really? Getting let go from a law office in Charlotte is tantamount to this?
It’s a tough economy, but a sense of perspective doesn’t cost any money.
CHARLOTTE ATTORNEY VICTORIA SPROUSE CONVICTED BY FEDERAL JURY [FBI Charlotte]
Ex-Associate Claims Mayer Brown Used Her as ‘Marketing Tool’ [ABA Journal]
Earlier: Title VII Suit Against Mayer Brown