May 21, 2009

Lawyer frets about Redskins decision

Here's an odd little story:

Quinn Emanuel Associate Has Reservations About 'Redskin' Victory

It basically goes like this:

In a companywide e-mail to his staff, attorney Robert Raskopf crowed about getting the Washington Redskins trademark case thrown out of court on a technicality.

A young associate wondered if maybe the lawyers should fight the mascot and sent his reply to the entire firm.

A New York partner of Raskopf responded:Bob and I represent clients, not causes. We like Native Americans. If Native Americans had hired Bob, the Redskins would have lost the case. But they didn't. They hired someone else. So it was incumbent on Bob to kick their ass in court. It is really that simple.The young associate kept at it, proposing that the firm dedicate resources to fighting the mascot for the good of Native Americans.

Now everyone's wondering if the firm will fire the youngster.

My response: This young associate is applying morality to his work. He'll never become a successful lawyer that way.

Next, Quinn Emanuel will tell us about the great job the pro-slavery lawyers did in winning the Dred Scott case.

Update:  Yes, the associate was let go. Because he failed the California bar exam a second time, supposedly.

For more on the subject, see Team Names and Mascots.

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