When we reported on the silence of Mayer Brown regarding start dates for incoming associates, I specifically mentioned that Mayer Brown’s greatest gadfly — Mr. Chuck — had nothing to do with the story. Alas, that did not stop other people from assuming that Mr. Chuck was continuing his crusade to force Mayer Brown to say something about start dates.
Never one to shy away from the limelight, Mr. Chuck decided that the fact that he wasn’t a part of the story shouldn’t preclude him from making himself part of the story. Here’s the subject line of the email he sent to all Mayer Brown incoming associates last night:
Pls, This Was Not Initiated By Me (Today’s Mayer Brown Above-The-Law Fiasco))
No, Mr. Chuck didn’t start it, but damnit he’s going to
end it make sure it continues…
Remember, Mr. Chuck only rose to fame because he was trying to force Mayer Brown’s hand with threats of media retribution. Now, he’s singing a different tune:
Ladies & Gentlemen,
I hope you’re all enjoying your last few days of law school. I just wanted to make it clear to everyone that I had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with this current MB fiasco (http://abovethelaw.com/2010/04/was-mr-chuck-right-about-mayer-brown/). I’m currently battling to finish my A-Paper and really have no time to be starting any more media debacles. I completely understand why some may think this is a good idea (e-mailing above the law), but I guarantee you that you CANNOT force the firms hand by e-mailing media outlets.
I appreciate and respect everyone at Above The Law, because I believe they play a very important role in our profession (providing a system of accountability for our actions, outside of State Bar sanctions). However, they do not work at Mayer brown, so if you have any questions for the firm, please e-mail the firm directly and stop making us all a laughing stock for those who believe we made a mistake by either: (1) Going to expensive law schools, or (2) Accepting job offers from a seemingly distressed firm.
I understand your concerns and panic, but please just focus on graduating and focus on the true value of the degree you are about to acquire. Money is not everything and life goes on even if you don’t get a stipend, or have a guaranteed start date. I promise you we’ll look back at this someday and smile knowing that it made us tougher people, instead of angry and uncontrollable people. All the best folks.
Chuck Egbuonu b.k.a Mr Chuck™
NYU Law Class of 2010
President & CEO – The Educated Group of New York
Really, I don’t think Mayer Brown associates look bad because they are concerned about when (if ever) they will be able to start at the firm.
But I’m kind of loving the downright magnanimous language Mr. Chuck uses when addressing his peers: “I completely understand,” “I guarantee you, “I understand your concerns, “I promise you …” Such passion, such empathy! He is so generous with his words to his fellow students. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think this was a managing partner talking — instead of, you know, a 3L.
If you want more from Mayer Brown … well, you’re still going to have to wait for awhile.