Those of you who have been in the legal profession long enough remember the tale of Jonas Blank. While working as a summer associate at Skadden, he inadvertently sent an irreverent email, intended for a single friend, to the firm’s entire underwriting group (partners included). Whoops.
But the firm was forgiving of young Jonas. He received a full-time offer at Skadden, and he worked there for several years before moving on to Richards, Kibbe & Orbe, a well-regarded boutique (where he still works).
It makes sense that Skadden forgave Jonas. Partners in glass towers should not throw stones….
Word on the street is that there was a major screw-up at Skadden sometime last week. A partner apparently emailed the whole department — upon information and belief, it was the antitrust department — with what we hear were everyone’s, or almost everyone’s, internal evaluations for the year.
People are, not surprisingly, freaking out and/or pissed off. One’s reaction presumably depended upon the content of one’s evaluation. (Maybe the well-reviewed were proud to have their prowess shared with everyone?)
We don’t have as many details as we would like about this incident. For example, we don’t know how the mistake was made, or whether the blame for the screw-up belongs to the partner or to his secretary / administrative assistant.
We’ll provide more coverage if we can obtain more info. Thanks.
P.S. WHERE ARE THE FREAKING BONUS MEMOS? ARE YOU PEOPLE HOLDING OUT ON US?