Forget for a moment that Christmas is right around the corner, and that Hanukkah has already begun. Nixon Peabody’s associates were supposed to start on January 4th, three weeks from now. Yesterday, 2/3rds of them found out that they have been re-deferred, indefinitely.
Yes, the economy is struggling and it’s rough all over. But any half way decent lawyer would have done their due dilligence and been prepared to start work in three weeks. They would have signed a lease, bought plane tickets, hired movers – in short, they would have committed time, effort and money into being prepared.
Memo to Biglaw: It’s too late. If you have associates scheduled to start work in January, you’re stuck with them now.