Status of Incoming Associates

Our ship, the S.S. Heller Ehrman, is stocked full of passengers right now but there are some who were scheduled to arrive, have had their arrival dates postponed, and now are concerned about their arrival and status.  These are the incoming Associates and those serving clerkships.  It appears, much like the current denizens of our fated ship, these future Hellerites have heard about as much as the rest of us in terms of information, what to do, etc.

In the hopes of securing some assistance, I’d like to excerpt one of many emails that your cruise director, Heller Drone, has received:

“As someone who had planned to join the firm, the blog has been an informative and, in many instances, the only source of information about the situation at the firm.

If possible, can you provide me or post any information about whether the firm has any plans to compensate persons who were incoming associates, and whether any consideration has been given to persons who were promised judicial clerkship bonuses?

I ask these questions not out of greed or callous disregard to the situations of current employees who may also be owed bonuses, benefits, and compensation. But those of us who were eager to join the firm and had relied on assurances from the firm for some time, two or three years in some cases, are now in limbo. Further, we don’t have a platform or the capacity to raise these questions internally. Any information would be greatly appreciated.”

What I greatly appreciate is that here we have someone who, while not yet even on board the S.S. Heller Ehrman, exemplifies the caring and understanding we’ve come to know from most of our fellow co-workers.  He is concerned about people he has never even met while expressing his need for information to chart his future course.

We’ve seen many similar queries in the comments sections.  But since this situation is probably affecting at least 50 if not more associates who were due to arrive early next year, I think that such a request for more information is not unreasonable.  Hopefully someone from Recruiting can either weigh in here with information or can start contacting incoming Associates so they can investigate other options.


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". . . sitting on our butts is not going to help us either. Maybe by climbing out of here, we can save ourselves. If you've got any sense, you'll come along with us."

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