OperaSoprano wrote:What results from this? A bit of press for Fordham (and some for Reed Smith, even if it is "negative"). A statement from RS telling the public that the firm doesn't think we suck. Most likely, a reconciliation sooner, rather than later. If I actually thought this letter was likely to damage Fordham in the eyes of employers, of course I'd be unhappy about it. It is, however, a tempest in a teapot. That's basically it.
I'm certainly no hiring partner, but here's my take on it as someone who does interviews and has talked with other attorneys at my firm (which hasn't had huge rounds of layoffs, discontinued its summer program, or pushed start dates) I think it makes Fordham look petulant and makes Fordham students look like they have senses of entitlement. From sitting inside a law firm, there must have been some extreme pressure for RS to drop OCI how they did it and when they did it. Did they handle it well? Obviously not, but it's not like the the management committee was sitting around saying "Well, things look tough, what should we do? Screw Fordham!" If I had the pull, I'd say maybe my firm should pull out of Fordham for the next 5 years as well. Sure, there are many talented lawyers who come out of Fordham every year, but it's not like a firm needs students from any
school every year. So, in my eyes, Fordham's name is certainly blackened. Will it play a role if a Fordham student comes by my desk for a callback? Probably not, but that student better not give off an air of entitlement.