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Laid-Off Cadwalader Lawyer Creates His Own Job

Back in July, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft associate Sam Smith lost his job when the firm laid off 96 attorneys. With the job market tight, particularly in Charlotte, N.C. (see here and here for more on Charlotte's recent rise and fall as a BigLaw town) where Smith was located, he couldn't find another job. But Smith didn't get mad -- he's getting even.

As The Am Law Daily reports, Smith launched a Web site,, which provides a system for clients, lawyers, staff and law students to critique partners at the nation's largest law firms. Smith says he came up with the idea because he always believed that there should be "an upward review process for partners." The site is designed to generate revenue through advertising. Based on a quick glance, it appears that most partners have not yet received ratings, though that's not surprising for a site that has only been operating for a few weeks.

What's your opinion of this type of site? Do you think it will offer partners valuable information, or will they be inclined to dismiss the criticisms as retaliation by disgruntled employees?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on March 4, 2009 at 03:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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