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October 22, 2003

Promoting the Profession

In one of my courses, the professor stressed the point that any subject was game for serious, scholarly treatment. It's just that when the outside world hears the scant details about your research, you just might be in for some ridicule.

The NY Times reports on the "sushi memo" that's going around New York legal circles - I'd hazard a guess that it's probably shot its way around the world internationally as well via email. It's the kind of absurd creation - a memo written by a paralegal at the request of a partner, researching the options for takeout sushi in midtown Manhattan - that gives the legal world a bad name. Having worked at law firms myself, I'm not surprised at something like this coming up. It was probably more of a joke than anything, albeit a well-researched, useful document with footnotes from Zagat's, but now the joke is at the expense of the people involved and their law firm, which is probably not amused at being the subject of mockery.

Currently hunting down a copy of the memo. Any leads are appreciated.

Addendum: Here's the memo [PDF, 68k] [via Gawker]

Yours, &c., LC | 09:44 AM | Legal | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

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Howard Bashman's How Appealing has posted the sushi memo, although I haven't had any luck getting it to load.

Meanwhile, here's another interesting legal document via the Smoking Gun.

Posted by: Scott at October 22, 2003 09:58 AM

Yeah, I did see Bashman's post, but when I clicked on the link, it was to an earlier entry that cited Gawker's post about the memo. He said he had a copy, but he wasn't actually sharing it.

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at October 22, 2003 10:36 AM

He's got a link to Gawker's copy of it.

Posted by: Scott at October 22, 2003 11:45 AM

Ah, I just noticed you already put it up.

Posted by: Scott at October 22, 2003 11:48 AM