I want to make a special plea to all the incoming associates of Heller Ehrman and the readers of Heller No More: please get involved with the bankruptcy process!
You may not realize it, but as an incoming associate and especially one who may have received the November 6, 2008 letter from the Dissolution Committee, you do have valid breach of contract issues that can and should be asserted in bankruptcy court. But this will only happen if you file a proof of claim (instructions canbe found here in an upcoming post) and better yet if you organize as a group.
Heller Ehrman not only put forth an entire litany of promises during the recruiting process ($10,000 stipend in lieu of a later start date, transportation/moving expenses, bar exam stipends) but consider how this has impacted your career as an attorney starting out in Biglaw?
There is a preliminary meeting for formation of the Unsecured Creditors Committee tomorrow, January 5, 2009, in San Francisco at 10:30 a.m. It would be great and lend much to our presence as employees if an incoming associate could contact me so I can give you instructions on completing the Unsecured Creditors Committee form and appearing in person at the meeting.
Please don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Do not expect that money will automatically fall into your lap simply by filing a proof of claim!