Trial-by-fire training has its drawbacks

by Vault Law Editors | March 04, 2010

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Trial-by-fire training has its drawbacks

Today’s Legal Times Blog reports that an appeals court has ruled that a former Reed Smith associate’s wrongful termination suit against the firm can proceed:

A former Reed Smith associate in Washington who alleged wrongful termination against the firm won a victory today in the D.C. Court of Appeals, which reversed the dismissal of the suit and remanded the case for trial in Superior Court.

The former associate, Danielle Cesarano, who now works at the State Department, filed a complaint against Reed Smith in October 2003. Cesarano, who is represented by Webster, Fredrickson, Correia & Puth, had complained internally earlier that the firm was not providing her reasonable accommodation for a physiological disorder she developed after burning her dominant hand in 2001 at a Reed Smith trial training program.

I have just one question: What kind of training program does Reed Smith run? Associates often complain that their firm’s training style is “sink or swim” or “trial by fire,” but I always assumed it was just a figure of speech...

- posted by vera

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