Many of the stories that you will read this morning over in the News Articles section discuss the dissolution of Heller Ehrman LLP in relation to the struggling U.S. economy especially given developments in the financial markets this week. But what many, if not all of the pieces lack is an understanding of how a 119 year old institution drowns in a matter of a year or two – especially if that institution has weathered much greater crises such as the 1906 Earthquake or The Great Depression.
There’s a reason my grandmother used to call the newspaper “the fish wrap” – at times it is used to hold something that simply stinks.
Nevertheless, enjoy the photo of one of our founders, Sidney M. Ehrman taken about 1930 at Lake Tahoe, California. And also ponder what historic artifacts the firm holds on to in terms of the history of Heller Ehrman and how management intends to dispose of them. Let’s hope they make a wise decision and select an appropriate venue for these archives.
Update 7:25am: Someone has already updated the Wikipedia listing for Heller Ehrman, LLP and note the use of past tense.
Photo: Sidney Ehrman (1873 – 1974) at Lake Tahoe, California, abt. 1930. Digital image. Accessed on September 26, 2008 at Ghost Word – Ethereal Thoughts on Books and Writing (http://francesdinkelspiel.blogspot.com/2008/09/world-is-changing-rapidly.html).