thesealocust wrote:Here's the nightmare scenario:
This seems HIGHLY unlikely. What seems far more likely is that the recruiting staff at Kasowitz will be "dealt with" for being unable to accurately predict yields and/or generally screwing up. Given that it's on ATL, and there may be NALP repercussions, I wouldn't be surprised if a junior person (someone with a title like "HR Assistant") even ended up out of a job.
It also seems unlikely that other firms would withdraw offers from someone who already has a track record of telling ATL about their withdrawn offers (to say nothing of other recruiters not really wanting to listen to the Kasowitz recruiting department whine about how it's "not fair" that they are bad at their jobs).
There's also the whole issue about the divide between recruiters and lawyers that exists at most large firms. It's 100% accurate that a recruiter can absolutely screw your chances pre-SA, but if someone has an offer for an SA postition, and they accept it, the recruiter's input becomes severely restrained. How the lawyers at the firm rate the summer associate's performance becomes much more important. It's really hard to believe that the determining factor in being offered/no-offered will be what a recruiter heard from a failed colleague, a year
prior, over brunch, especially when said failed colleague had a reason to sling sour grapes in the first place.
It's far more likely that a partner who was removed from this entire situation will review a bunch of assessments filed by likewise-removed-from-the-situation associates, relating to performance over the summer, without recruiter input at all, and use that as the basis for offer/no-offer.